Newtonsoft.Json support for Microsoft.Spatial library for .NET (Preview)

The Microsoft.Spatial package contains classes and methods that support geographic and geometric operations. This library contains converters dependent on the Newtonsoft.Json package for use with Microsoft.Spatial when using the Azure SDK for .NET.

Getting started

Install this package if you use the Microsoft.Spatial package in your application and want to serialize supported classes with Newtonsoft.Json.

Install the package

Install this package from NuGet using the .NET CLI:

dotnet add package Microsoft.Azure.Core.Spatial.NewtonsoftJson

Key concepts

This support package contains the NewtonsoftJsonMicrosoftSpatialGeoJsonConverter class which can be added to JsonSerializerSettings to deserialize geographic objects like GeographyPoint. This converter can be used with Azure SDK client libraries as shown in examples below.


The Azure.Search.Documents package is used in examples to show how search results containing geographic points can be deserialized. For more information and examples using Azure.Search.Documents, see its README.

Deserializing documents

Consider a model class containing information about mountains:

public class Mountain
    [SimpleField(IsKey = true)]
    public string Id { get; set; }

    [SearchableField(IsSortable = true, AnalyzerName = LexicalAnalyzerName.Values.EnLucene)]
    public string Name { get; set; }

    [SimpleField(IsFacetable = true, IsFilterable = true)]
    public GeographyPoint Summit { get; set; }

Adding the NewtonsoftJsonMicrosoftSpatialGeoJsonConverter class to serializer options will correctly deserialize the summit location:

// Get the Azure Cognitive Search endpoint and read-only API key.
Uri endpoint = new Uri(Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("SEARCH_ENDPOINT"));
AzureKeyCredential credential = new AzureKeyCredential(Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("SEARCH_API_KEY"));

// Create serializer options with our converter to deserialize geographic points.
JsonSerializerSettings serializerSettings = new JsonSerializerSettings
    ContractResolver = new CamelCasePropertyNamesContractResolver(),
    Converters =
        new NewtonsoftJsonMicrosoftSpatialGeoJsonConverter()

SearchClientOptions clientOptions = new SearchClientOptions
    Serializer = new NewtonsoftJsonObjectSerializer(serializerSettings)

SearchClient client = new SearchClient(endpoint, "mountains", credential, clientOptions);
Response<SearchResults<Mountain>> results = client.Search<Mountain>("Rainier");

foreach (SearchResult<Mountain> result in results.Value.GetResults())
    Mountain mountain = result.Document;

If searching an index full of mountains, the following may be printed:


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