GDAL - Geospatial Data Abstraction Library

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GDAL is a translator library for raster geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT style Open Source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. As a library, it presents a single abstract data model to the calling application for all supported formats. It also comes with a variety of useful commandline utilities for data translation and processing. The NEWS page describes the August 2013 GDAL/OGR 1.10.1 release.

The related OGR library (which lives within the GDAL source tree) provides a similar capability for simple features vector data.

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User Oriented Documentation

Developer Oriented Documentation


FOSS4G 2013 FOSS4G 2013 is the leading annual conference for free and open source geospatial software. It will include presentations related to GDAL/OGR, and some of the GDAL/OGR development community will be attending. It is the event for those interested in GDAL/OGR, other FOSS geospatial technologies and the community around them.

Mailing List

A gdal-announce mailing list subscription is a low volume way of keeping track of major developments with the GDAL/OGR project.

The mailing list can be used for discussion of development and user issues related to GDAL and related technologies. Subscriptions can be done, and archives reviewed on the web. The mailing list is also available in read-only format by NNTP at news:// and by HTTP at Archives since 2005 are searchable on Nabble.

Some GDAL/OGR users and developers can also often be found in the gdal IRC channel on

Bug Reporting

GDAL bugs can be reported, and can be listed using Trac.

GDAL In Other Languages

The following bindings of GDAL in other languages are available:

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