Query Tables with Geometry Columns

Topic: #postgis

WITH columns AS (
    ns.nspname AS table_schema,
    class.relname AS table_name,
    attr.attname AS column_name,
    trim(leading '_' from tp.typname) AS type_name
  FROM pg_attribute attr
    JOIN pg_catalog.pg_class AS class ON class.oid = attr.attrelid
    JOIN pg_catalog.pg_namespace AS ns ON ns.oid = class.relnamespace
    JOIN pg_catalog.pg_type AS tp ON tp.oid = attr.atttypid
  WHERE NOT attr.attisdropped AND attr.attnum > 0)

  f_table_schema AS schema_name,
  f_table_name AS table_name,
  f_geometry_column AS geometry_column,
    jsonb_object_agg(columns.column_name, columns.type_name) FILTER (WHERE columns.column_name IS NOT NULL),
  ) as properties
FROM geometry_columns
LEFT JOIN columns ON
  geometry_columns.f_table_schema = columns.table_schema AND
  geometry_columns.f_table_name = columns.table_name AND
  geometry_columns.f_geometry_column != columns.column_name
GROUP BY f_table_schema, f_table_name, f_geometry_column, srid, type;


This query will return all tables and views in a PostgreSQL & PostGIS database that contain a geometry column.

The query returns the following columns:

  • schema_name: the schema that the table belongs to.
  • table_name: the name of the table or view.
  • geometry_column: the name of the geometry column.
  • srid: the SRID (spatial reference ID, EPSG code) that the geometry is projected in.
  • type: the spatial type of the geometry column. For instance POINT, POLYGON, MULTIPOLYGON, etc.
  • properties: a JSONB column with all the columns within the table. This is an object where the key is the name of the column and the value is the data type.

Example output:

| schema_name   | table_name           | geometry_column   | srid   | type         | properties                                                                                                   |
| public        | hunt_unit_labels     | geom              | 4326   | POINT        | {"id": "int4", "display_name": "text"}                                                                       |
| public        | hunt_units           | geom              | 4326   | MULTIPOLYGON | {"id": "int4", "area": "numeric", "is_full": "bool", "is_open": "bool", "display_name": "text"}              |
| public        | public_landownership | geom              | 4326   | MULTIPOLYGON | {"id": "int4", "surface_mgmt_agency": "text"}                                                                |
| public        | wilderness           | geom              | 4326   | MULTIPOLYGON | {"id": "int4", "type": "text", "mgmt_agency": "text", "display_name": "text"}                                |
| public        | wmas                 | geom              | 4326   | MULTIPOLYGON | {"id": "int4", "display_name": "text"}                                                                       |

I like to create a view (generally called spatial_table_sources) that way I can easily get this information.

I'll use this query to dynamically generate vector tiles when I build APIs.


This query was taken, nearly verbatim, from Martin, a PostGIS vector tiles server.