InstanceOf (geography Data Type)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server yesAzure SQL Database noAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Tests if the geography instance is the same as the specified type.


.InstanceOf ( 'geography_type')  


The nvarchar(4000) string specifying one of 16 types exposed in the geography type hierarchy.

Return Types

SQL Server return type: bit

CLR return type: SqlBoolean


Returns 1 if the type of a geography instance is the same as the specified type, or if the specified type is an ancestor of the instance type; otherwise, returns 0.

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

The input for the method must be one of these types: Geometry, Point, Curve, LineString, CircularString, Surface, Polygon, CurvePolygon, GeometryCollection, MultiSurface, MultiPolygon, MultiCurve, MultiLineString, MultiPoint, or FullGlobe.

This method throws an ArgumentException if you use any other strings for the input.

This method isn't precise.


The following example creates a MultiPoint instance and uses InstanceOf() to see whether the instance is a GeometryCollection.

DECLARE @g geography;  
SET @g = geography::STGeomFromText('MULTIPOINT(-122.360 47.656, -122.343 47.656)', 4326);  

See Also

Extended Methods on Geography Instances