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S2 Geometry Library

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This is a package for manipulating geometric shapes. Unlike many geometry libraries, S2 is primarily designed to work with spherical geometry, i.e., shapes drawn on a sphere rather than on a planar 2D map. This makes it especially suitable for working with geographic data.

If you want to learn more about the library, start by reading the overview and quick start document, then read the introduction to the basic types.

S2 documentation can be found on

Requirements for End Users

On Ubuntu, all of these can be installed via apt-get:

sudo apt-get install cmake libgflags-dev libgoogle-glog-dev libgtest-dev libssl-dev

Otherwise, you may need to install some from source.

On macOS, use MacPorts or Homebrew. For MacPorts:

sudo port install cmake gflags google-glog openssl

Do not install gtest from MacPorts; instead download release 1.8.0, unpack, and substitute

cmake -DGTEST_ROOT=/...absolute path to.../googletest-release-1.8.0/googletest ..

in the build instructions below.

Thorough testing has only been done on Ubuntu 14.04.3 and macOS 10.12.

Build and Install

You may either download the source as a ZIP archive, or clone the git repository.

Via ZIP archive

Download ZIP file

cd [parent of directory where you want to put S2]
unzip [path to ZIP file]/
cd s2geometry-master

Via git clone

cd [parent of directory where you want to put S2]
git clone
cd s2geometry


From the appropriate directory depending on how you got the source:

mkdir build
cd build
# You can omit -DGTEST_ROOT to skip tests; see above for macOS.
cmake -DGTEST_ROOT=/usr/src/gtest ..
make test  # If GTEST_ROOT specified above.
sudo make install

Enable gflags and glog with cmake -DWITH_GFLAGS=ON -DWITH_GLOG=ON ....

Disable building of shared libraries with -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=OFF.


If you want the Python interface, you will also need:

  • SWIG (for Python support, optional)

which can be installed via

sudo apt-get install swig

or on macOS:

sudo port install swig

Expect to see some warnings if you build with swig 2.0.

Python 3 is required.

Other S2 implementations

  • Go (Approximately 40% complete.)
  • Java (Older version; last updated in 2011.)


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