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Convert various data formats to GeoJSON or TopoJSON

This package is a utility to convert geographic data to GeoJSON and TopoJSON formats. Nothing else. We hope to do this one job very well, and handle all reasonable use cases.

Functions in this package are organized first around what you’re working with or want to get, GeoJSON or TopoJSON, then convert to or read from various formats:

Each of the above functions have methods for various objects/classes, including numeric, data.frame, list, SpatialPolygons, SpatialLines, SpatialPoints, etc.

Additional functions:

  • map_gist() - push up a GeoJSON or topojson file as a GitHub gist (renders as an interactive map)
  • map_leaf() - create a local interactive map using the leaflet package

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Install GDAL on the command line first, e.g., using homebrew

brew install gdal


Get deps first

remotes::system_requirements("ubuntu", "20.04", package = "geojsonio")
#>  [1] "apt-get install -y make"                
#>  [2] "apt-get install -y libssl-dev"          
#>  [3] "apt-get install -y libgdal-dev"         
#>  [4] "apt-get install -y gdal-bin"            
#>  [5] "apt-get install -y libgeos-dev"         
#>  [6] "apt-get install -y libproj-dev"         
#>  [7] "apt-get install -y libsqlite3-dev"      
#>  [8] "apt-get install -y libudunits2-dev"     
#>  [9] "apt-get install -y libprotobuf-dev"     
#> [10] "apt-get install -y protobuf-compiler"   
#> [11] "apt-get install -y libcurl4-openssl-dev"
#> [12] "apt-get install -y libnode-dev"         
#> [13] "apt-get install -y libjq-dev"

Install geojsonio

Stable version from CRAN


Or development version from GitHub


What’s the future of geojsonio?

geojsonio is stable and we expect it to stay on CRAN. The package is a dependency for a number of other packages and is downloaded tens of thousands of times per month; moving forward the priority with this package is to make sure that those packages and users are able to keep using the package.

That said, we do not anticipate much further development; there will not likely be many major new features added or new interfaces developed. We’ll avoid making breaking changes as much as possible.

If you find bugs in geojsonio or want to contribute new features: please feel free to submit PRs! So long as the existing interface stays intact, we’d be more than happy to make the package more useful for you. That said, we don’t anticipate being particularly responsive to feature requests (without a matching PR) moving forward.


  • Please report any issues or bugs.
  • License: MIT
  • Get citation information for geojsonio in R doing citation(package = 'geojsonio')
  • Please note that this package is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.