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Apply boolean polygon clipping operations (union, intersection, difference, xor) to Polygons & MultiPolygons in your GeoJSON files.

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$ npm install -g geojson-clipping
$ cat poly1.geojson poly2.geojson | geojson-clipping union > union.geojson


$ geojson-clipping union        [-o <path>] [<path> ... ]
$ geojson-clipping intersection [-o <path>] [<path> ... ]
$ geojson-clipping xor          [-o <path>] [<path> ... ]
$ geojson-clipping difference   [-o <path>] [<path> ... ] [ -s <path> ]

Input/output streams:

  • stdin: Input GeoJSON objects, whitespace separated, may be piped in via stdin.
  • stdout Output GeoJSON is by default written to stdout.
  • stderr: Any warnings generated are by default written to stderr.


Input GeoJSON objects may be provided via:

  • the positional <path> arguments, each of which may point to any of:
    • a GeoJSON file
    • a file with multiple GeoJSON objects in it, whitespace separated (ex: ndjson)
    • a directory, in which case any files with a .geojson extension found immediately within it will be used as input
  • stdin (objects may optionally be separated by whitespace)
  • the -s / --subject <path> option, for the difference() operation only

The following GeoJSON object types are acceptable input:

  • Polygon
  • MultiPolygon
  • Feature containing Polygon or MultiPolygon
  • FeatureCollection containing an array of acceptable Features

If a GeoJSON object with a different type is encountered (ex: Point) the offending object will be dropped and a warning will be printed to stderr.


The computed GeoJSON is by default written to stdout, but may be redirected using the -o / --output <path> option. The output GeoJSON will have the following properties:

  • it will be a single GeoJSON Feature object with a geometry of type MultiPolygon.
  • the Feature's properties attribute will be set to null.
  • if the geometry of resulting from the operation is the empty set (ex: intersection of non-overlapping polygons) then the coordinates of the MultiPolygon will be [].
  • it will have the qualities guaranteed by polygon-clipping.


-s / --subject <path>

Valid only for difference() operation. Invalid for other operations.

Use the file identified by <path> as input GeoJSON, and consider it to be the subject in the difference() operation. That is to say, all other GeoJSON objects will be subtracted from this GeoJSON object.

If this option is not supplied, the subject will by default be the first GeoJSON object read in from stdin.

-b / --bboxes

Valid only for difference() operation. Invalid for other operations.

Scan input GeoJSON filenames for pre-computed stringified bounding boxes. If no bounding box is found in the filename, then compute a bounding box from the GeoJSON coordinates. Examples of filenames containing bounding boxes:

  • [-10,-10,10,10].json
  • 424242.[-58.5314588,-34.705637,-58.3351249,-34.5265535].geojson

If a the bounding box of a given GeoJSON object does not overlap the bounding box of the subject, that GeoJSON object is dropped from the calculation as it cannot contribute to the end result, resulting in a performance boost. In the case that the bounding box was extracted from the filename, the non-contributing GeoJSON object is dropped without reading the file in from disk.

-o / --output <path>

Write the output GeoJSON object out to a newly-created file located at <path>.

If this option is not supplied, the ouput GeoJSON will be written to stdout.

-i / --id <id>

Add to the output GeoJSON object the Feature id <id>. If <id> can be parsed as a number it will be written into the output GeoJSON as a number, else it will be written out as a string.

If this option is not supplied, the output GeoJSON will not have a Feature id.

-q / --quiet

Suppress any warnings generated.

If this option is not supplied, any warnings generated will be written to stderr.

-h / --help

Display help message and exit.

-v / --version

Display version string and exit.


Equivalent ways to take the union of three GeoJSON objects:

$ cat poly1.geojson poly2.geojson poly3.geojson | geojson-clipping union > union.geojson
$ geojson-clipping union poly1.geojson poly2.geojson poly3.geojson > union.geojson
$ geojson-clipping union -o union.geojson poly1.geojson poly2.geojson poly3.geojson

Equivalent ways to take the difference (aka subtract) a directory full of GeoJSON objects from another GeoJSON object:

$ cat subject.geojson | geojson-clipping difference ./directory-with-geojson-files > difference.geojson
$ geojson-clipping difference -s subject.geojson -o difference.geojson ./directory-with-geojson-files


0.3 (2018-04-01)

  • Performance improvements
  • enhance -b / --bboxes to better support bounding boxes that cross the antimeridian #4

0.2 (2018-03-09)

  • add -i / --id <id> option #3
  • add -b / --bboxes option for difference() operation #2
  • create output directories as needed #1

0.1 (2018-03-07)

  • Initial release


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