OGDI Vectors

Driver short name


Build dependencies

OGDI library

OGDI vector support is optional in OGR, and is normally only configured if OGDI is installed on the build system. If available OGDI vectors are supported for read access for the following family types:

  • Point

  • Line

  • Area

  • Text (Currently returned as points with the text in the "text" attribute)

OGDI can (among other formats) read VPF products, such as DCW and VMAP.

If an OGDI gltp url is opened directly the OGDI 3.1 capabilities for the driver/server are queried to get a list of layers. One OGR layer is created for each OGDI family available for each layer in the datastore. For drivers such as VRF this can result in a lot of layers. Each of the layers has an OGR name based on the OGDI name plus an underscore and the family name. For instance a layer might be called watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line if coming out of the VRF driver. (layer names can be simplified with OGR_OGDI_LAUNDER_LAYER_NAMES=YES)

Alternatively to accessing all the layers in a datastore, it is possible to open a particular layer using a customized filename consisting of the regular GLTP URL to which you append the layer name and family type (separated by colons). This mechanism must be used to access layers of pre OGDI 3.1 drivers as before OGDI 3.1 there was no regular way to discover available layers in OGDI.


Where <layer_name> is the OGDI Layer name, and <family> is one of: "line", "area", "point", or "text".

OGDI coordinate system information is supported for most coordinate systems. A warning will be produced when a layer is opened if the coordinate system cannot be translated.

There is no update or creation support in the OGDI driver.

Driver capabilities

Supports Georeferencing

This driver supports georeferencing

Error handling

Starting with GDAL 2.2 and OGDI > 3.2.0beta2, if the OGDI_STOP_ON_ERROR environment variable is set to NO, some errors can be gracefully recovered by OGDI (in VPF driver). They will still be caught by GDAL and emitted as regular GDAL errors.

Note: be aware that this is a work in progress. Not all recoverable errors can be recovered, and some errors might be recovered silently.

Configuration options

Configuration options can be specified in command-line tools using the syntax --config <NAME>=<VALUE> or using functions such as CPLSetConfigOption() (C) or gdal.config_options (Python). The following configuration options are available:

  • OGR_OGDI_LAUNDER_LAYER_NAMES=[YES/NO]: Defaults to NO. If YES, simplify layer names. For example : watrcrsl_hydro instead of 'watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line'


Usage example 'ogrinfo':
ogrinfo gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia 'watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line'

In the dataset name 'gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia' the gltp:/vrf part is not really in the filesystem, but has to be added. The VPF data was at /usr4/mpp1/v0eur/. The 'eurnasia' directory should be at the same level as the dht. and lat. files. The 'hydro' reference is a subdirectory of 'eurnasia/' where watrcrsl.* is found.

Usage examples VMAP0 to SHAPE conversion with 'ogr2ogr':
ogr2ogr watrcrsl.shp gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia 'watrcrsl@hydro(*)_line'
ogr2ogr polbnda.shp  gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0eur/vmaplv0/eurnasia 'polbnda@bnd(*)_area'

An OGR SQL query against a VMAP dataset. Again, note the careful quoting of the layer name.

ogrinfo -ro gltp:/vrf/usr4/mpp1/v0noa/vmaplv0/noamer \
        -sql 'select * from "polbndl@bnd(*)_line" where use=26'

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