pgr_labelGraph - Experimental


pgr_labelGraph — Locates and labels sub-networks within a network which are not topologically connected.


Experimental functions

  • They are not officially of the current release.
  • They likely will not be officially be part of the next release:
    • The functions might not make use of ANY-INTEGER and ANY-NUMERICAL
    • Name might change.
    • Signature might change.
    • Functionality might change.
    • pgTap tests might be missing.
    • Might need c/c++ coding.
    • May lack documentation.
    • Documentation if any might need to be rewritten.
    • Documentation examples might need to be automatically generated.
    • Might need a lot of feedback from the comunity.
    • Might depend on a proposed function of pgRouting
    • Might depend on a deprecated function of pgRouting


Must be run after pgr_createTopology(). No use of geometry column. Only id, source and target columns are required.

The function returns:

  • OK when a column with provided name has been generated and populated successfully. All connected edges will have unique similar integer values. In case of rows_where condition, non participating rows will have -1 integer values.
  • FAIL when the processing cannot be finished due to some error. Notice will be thrown accordingly.
  • rows_where condition generated 0 rows when passed SQL condition has not been fulfilled by any row.
varchar pgr_labelGraph(text, text, text, text, text, text)


A network behind any routing query may consist of sub-networks completely isolated from each other. Possible reasons could be:

  • An island with no bridge connecting to the mainland.
  • An edge or mesh of edges failed to connect to other networks because of human negligence during data generation.
  • The data is not properly noded.
  • Topology creation failed to succeed.

pgr_labelGraph() will create an integer column (with the name provided by the user) and will assign same integer values to all those edges in the network which are connected topologically. Thus better analysis regarding network structure is possible. In case of rows_where condition, non participating rows will have -1 integer values.

Prerequisites: Must run pgr_createTopology() in order to generate source and target columns. Primary key column id should also be there in the network table.

Function accepts the following parameters:

edge_table:text Network table name, with optional schema name.
id:text Primary key column name of the network table. Default is id.
source:text Source column name generated after pgr_createTopology(). Default is source.
target:text Target column name generated after pgr_createTopology(). Default is target.
subgraph:text Column name which will hold the integer labels for each sub-graph. Default is subgraph.
rows_where:text The SQL where condition. Default is true, means the processing will be done on the whole table.

Example Usage

The sample data, has 3 subgraphs.

SET client_min_messages TO WARNING;
SELECT pgr_labelGraph('edge_table', 'id', 'source', 'target', 'subgraph');
(1 row)

SELECT DISTINCT subgraph FROM edge_table ORDER BY subgraph;
(3 rows)

See Also

  • pgr_createTopology to create the topology of a table based on its geometry and tolerance value.

Indices and tables