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This driver is considered for removal in GDAL 3.5. You are invited to convert any dataset in that format to another more common one. If you need this driver in future GDAL versions, create a ticket at (look first for an existing one first) to explain how critical it is for you (but the GDAL project may still remove it). To enable use of the deprecated driver the GDAL_ENABLE_DEPRECATED_DRIVER_OGR_DODS configuration option / environment variable must be set to YES.

This driver implements read-only support for reading feature data from OPeNDAP (DODS) servers. It is optionally included in OGR if built with OPeNDAP support libraries.

When opening a database, its name should be specified in the form “DODS:url”. The URL may include a constraint expression a shown here. Note that it may be necessary to quote or otherwise protect DODS URLs on the commandline if they include question mark or ampersand characters as these often have special meaning to command shells.


By default top level Sequence, Grid and Array objects will be translated into corresponding layers. Sequences are (by default) treated as point layers with the point geometries picked up from lat and lon variables if available. To provide more sophisticated translation of sequence, grid or array items into features it is necessary to provide additional information to OGR as DAS (dataset auxiliary information) either from the remote server, or locally via the AIS mechanism.

A DAS definition for an OGR layer might look something like:

Attributes {
    ogr_layer_info {
    string layer_name WaterQuality;
    string spatial_ref WGS84;
    string target_container Water_Quality;
        layer_extents {
        Float64 x_min -180;
        Float64 y_min -90;
        Float64 x_max 180;
        Float64 y_max 90;
        x_field {
            string name YR;
        string scope dds;
        y_field {
            string name JD;
        string scope dds;

Driver capabilities

Supports Georeferencing

This driver supports georeferencing


  • No field widths are captured for attribute fields from DODS.

  • Performance for repeated requests is dramatically improved by enabling DODS caching. Try setting USE_CACHE=1 in your ~/.dodsrc.

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