Osman Goni Nahid

Working with Geospatial support in MongoDB with NodeJS


At my current project I’m working on requires storage of and queries on Geospatial data. We are using MongoDB, which has good support for Geospatial data, at least good enough for my needs. This post walks through the basics of how to work with mongodb geospatial data in Nodejs application. We are using MongoDB 3.4. Mongo has some very awesome and useful function for doing spatial operation like $geoNear $near $nearSphere $centerSphere etc. All of them has some restriction like they don’t support shading. Here I will use $near with nodejs example.

MongoDB supports storage of geospatial types, represented as GeoJSON objects, like Point, LineString and Polygon. I will use Point one in this post.

Query options

  • Inclusion: Whether locations are included in a polygon
  • Intersection: Whether locations intersect with a specified geometry
  • Proximity: Querying for points nearest other points

Index options

  • 2d : Calculations are done based on flat geometry
  • 2dsphere : Calculations are done based on spherical geometry

As you can imagine, 2dsphere is more accurate, especially for points that are further apart. In this example, I’m using a 2dsphere index, and doing proximity queries.

First I’m doing the Mongo Schema Design with express and assume the model is a Car we will do geo spatial query with car location.

 // CarModel.js

 import mongoose from 'mongoose';
 const Schema = mongoose.Schema;
 const geoSchema = new Schema({
  type: {
    type: String,
    default: 'Point'
  coordinates: {
    type: [Number]

const carSchema = new Schema({
  car_id : {
    type : String,
    required : [true, 'Car id is required']
  car_name : {
    type : String
  location : {
    type: geoSchema,
    index: '2dsphere'
},{timestamp : true});

const Car = mongoose.model('Car', carSchema);

export default Car;

as you see I’m doing 2dsphere indexing the location. Now I’m writing the insertion and Queries for geo spatial for finding nearest car.

Inserting car into mongodb

const newCar = new Car({
  { car_id: "1234556", location: { type: "Point", coordinates: [90.361006, 23.752726]}}

  // do something
  // debug

Ok, Now Lets find nearest car of a point,

// Query, distance is in meters
Car.find({location: {$near: {$geometry: {type: "Point", coordinates: [90.366322, 23.755469]}, $maxDistance: 100}}})

You can increase or decrease the maxDistance as you want.

Cheers :)

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