h3_centeraswkb function (Databricks SQL)

Returns the center of the input H3 cell as a point in WKB format.

Requires: SQL warehouse version 2022.35 or higher. This version is available in the Preview channel.


h3_centeraswkb ( h3CellIdExpr )


  • h3CellIdExpr: A BIGINT expression, or a hexadecimal STRING expression representing an H3 cell ID.


A value of the type BINARY representing the center of the input H3 cell as a point in WKB format.

The function returns NULL if the input expression is NULL. The function does partial validation regarding whether the input argument is a valid H3 cell ID. A necessary, but not sufficient condition for a valid H3 ID is that its value is between 0x08001fffffffffff and 0x08ff3b6db6db6db6. The behavior of the function is undefined if the input cell ID is not a valid cell ID.

Error conditions

  • If h3CellIdExpr is a STRING that cannot be converted to a BIGINT or corresponds to a BIGINT value that is smaller than 0x08001fffffffffff or larger than 0x08ff3b6db6db6db6, the function returns H3_INVALID_CELL_ID.


-- Input a BIGINT representing a hexagonal cell.
> SELECT hex(h3_centeraswkb(599686042433355775))

-- Input a STRING representing a pentagonal cell.
> SELECT hex(h3_centeraswkb('8009fffffffffff'))

-- Input is an invalid H3 cell ID.
> SELECT h3_centeraswkb(0)
  [H3_INVALID_CELL_ID] 0 is not a valid H3 cell ID