geometric-functions poly2grid


  • poly2grid(polygon_data_item, gridunit)


The poly2grid function results in grid data-item with a relation to the domain-unit of the polygon_data_item

The resulting data item has:


Since 7.020 the poly2grid function is based on a similar function in GDAL. The explicit gdal_poly2grid function with the same signature is a synonym for the poly2grid function since 7.020.

Between the versions 6.025 and 7.020, the poly2grid function used a GDI function to convert data items of polygon domains to grid domains. This function is still available as gdi_poly2grid, with the same signature as poly2grid. The function is faster than the new function based on GDAL, but can result in invalid results on some graphic devices supporting a limited set of colors.

In versions before 6.025 the point_in_polygon function was used for this purpose. This is still possible, but it is advised to use the poly2grid function instead as it is much faster.

In earlier versions, a third argument was used, the subPixelFactor. A higher value meant more accurate results, but also more processing time. From version 7.020 on, with the implementation of the GDAL function, a value of one for this subPixelfactor already results in accurate results. This third argument has become obsolete.

applies to

  • data item polygon_data_item with a wpoint, spoint, upoint, ipoint, fpoint or dpoint value-type
  • unit gridunit with a wpoint, spoint upoint, ipoint, fpoint, dpoint value type


  1. The composition type type of the polygon_data_item needs to be polygon.
  2. The domain-unit of the polygon_data_item must be of value type uint32.


The complexity of the poly2grid function for one polygon is O(n* log(n) + x), with:

  • n: number of points of the polygon.
  • x: number of pixels to be drawn.

This implies the number of points per polygon is an important factor in the calculation speed of the function.

Simplifying polygons can help to improve the calculation speed. See geometric-functions for simplify functions in the GeoDMS.

since version



attribute<source/district> DistrictGrid (gridunit/gridcel_10m) := 
   poly2grid(Source/District/border, gridunit/gridcel_10m);

see also