Driver short name


Build dependencies


The NAS driver reads the NAS/ALKIS format used for cadastral data in Germany. The format is a GML profile with fairly complex GML3 objects not easily read with the general OGR GML driver.

This driver depends on GDAL/OGR being built with the Xerces XML parsing library.

The driver looks for "" and one of the strings semicolon separated strings listed in the configuration option NAS_INDICATOR (which defaults to "NAS-Operationen;AAA-Fachschema;aaa.xsd;aaa-suite") to determine if a input is a NAS file and ignores all files without any matches.

The configuration option NAS_GFS_TEMPLATE makes it possible to cleanly map element paths to feature attributes using a GFS file like in the GML driver. Multiple geometries per layer are also possible (eg. ax_flurstueck.objektkoordinaten next to the regular wkb_geometry). Starting with GDAL 3.7, defining the NAS_GFS_TEMPLATE configuration option is required for the NAS driver to open a file. It may be set to the empty string to mean that the driver should try to establish the schema of the file from its content, but using the below mentioned template is recommended.

A GFS template and a corresponding PostgreSQL schema of the full NAS schema are part of norGIS ALKIS-Import (also featuring a shell script and PyQt frontend which ease the import). The two files were generated using xmi2db (fork of xmi2db) from the official application schema.

The configuration option NAS_NO_RELATION_LAYER allows disabling populating the table alkis_beziehungen. The information found there is redundant to the relation fields also contained in original elements/tables. Enabling the option also makes progress reporting available.

This driver was implemented within the context of the PostNAS project, which has more information on its use and other related projects.

Driver capabilities

Supports Georeferencing

This driver supports georeferencing

Supports VirtualIO

This driver supports virtual I/O operations (/vsimem/, etc.)