6.1. GeoTools Feature Types

A SimpleFeatureType defines a GeoTools schema, and consists of an array of well-known attributes. GeoMesa supports all of the standard GeoTools attribute types, as well as some additional ones. When creating a SimpleFeatureType for use in GeoMesa, be sure to use the provided classes, instead of the standard GeoTools DataUtilities:

import org.locationtech.geomesa.utils.interop.SimpleFeatureTypes;

SimpleFeatureTypes.createType("example", "name:String,dtg:Date,*geom:Point:srid=4326");
import org.locationtech.geomesa.utils.geotools.SimpleFeatureTypes

SimpleFeatureTypes.createType("example", "name:String,dtg:Date,*geom:Point:srid=4326")

6.1.1. Available Types

Attribute Type Binding Indexable
String java.lang.String Yes
Integer java.lang.Integer Yes
Double java.lang.Double Yes
Long java.lang.Long Yes
Float java.lang.Float Yes
Boolean java.lang.Boolean Yes
UUID java.util.UUID Yes
Date java.util.Date Yes
Timestamp java.sql.Timestamp Yes
Point org.locationtech.jts.geom.Point Yes
LineString org.locationtech.jts.geom.LineString Yes
Polygon org.locationtech.jts.geom.Polygon Yes
MultiPoint org.locationtech.jts.geom.MultiPoint Yes
MultiLineString org.locationtech.jts.geom.MultiLineString Yes
MultiPolygon org.locationtech.jts.geom.MultiPolygon Yes
GeometryCollection org.locationtech.jts.geom.GeometryCollection Yes
Geometry org.locationtech.jts.geom.Geometry Yes
List[A] java.util.List<A> Yes
Map[A,B] java.util.Map<A, B> No
Bytes byte[] No Notes

  • Only a single geometry-type attribute may be indexed. It will be included in the primary spatial and spatio-temporal indices.
  • The primary date-type attribute will be used in the spatio-temporal index. It may also be indexed separately in an attribute index.
  • Non-geometry types (including dates) may be indexed as separate attribute indices. For details, see Attribute Index.
  • Container types (List and Map) must be parameterized with non-container types from the above table.


List types may be indexed, but querying a list type may result in duplicate results. If duplicate results are a problem, users should implement their own de-duplication logic for list queries