STAsText (geography Data Type)

Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance

Returns the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Well-Known Text (WKT) representation of a geography instance. This text will not contain any Z (elevation) or M (measure) values carried by the instance.

This geography data type method supports FullGlobe instances or spatial instances that are larger than a hemisphere.


.STAsText ( )  


To view Transact-SQL syntax for SQL Server 2014 and earlier, see Previous versions documentation.

Return Types

SQL Server return type: nvarchar(max)

CLR return type: SqlChars


The OGC type of a geography instance can be determined by invoking STGeometryType().

In SQL Server 2012 (11.x), the set of possible results returned on the server has been extended to FullGlobe instances.


The following example uses STAsText() to create a LineString``geography instance from (-122.360, 47.656) to (-122.343, 47.656) from text. It then returns the result in text.

DECLARE @g geography;  
SET @g = geography::STGeomFromText('LINESTRING(-122.360 47.656, -122.343 47.656)', 4326);  
SELECT @g.STAsText();  

See Also

OGC Methods on Geography Instances