A high level API for GDAL - Geospatial Data Abstraction Library



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GDAL is a translator library for raster and vector geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. As a library, it presents an abstract data model to drivers for various raster and vector formats.

This package aims to be a complete solution for working with GDAL in Julia, similar in scope to the SWIG bindings for Python. It builds on top of GDAL.jl, and provides a high level API for GDAL, espousing the following principles.

Principles (The Arch Way)

(adapted from: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Linux#Principles)

  • simplicity: without unnecessary additions or modifications. (i) Preserves GDAL Data Model, and makes available GDAL/OGR methods without trying to mask them from the user. (ii) minimal dependencies
  • modernity: ArchGDAL strives to maintain the latest stable release versions of GDAL as long as systemic package breakage can be reasonably avoided.
  • pragmatism: The principles here are only useful guidelines. Ultimately, design decisions are made on a case-by-case basis through developer consensus. Evidence-based technical analysis and debate are what matter, not politics or popular opinion.
  • user-centrality: Whereas other libraries attempt to be more user-friendly, ArchGDAL shall be user-centric. It is intended to fill the needs of those contributing to it, rather than trying to appeal to as many users as possible.
  • versatility: ArchGDAL will strive to remain small in its assumptions about the range of user-needs, and to make it easy for users to build their own extensions/conveniences.


To install this package, run the following command in the Pkg REPL-mode,

pkg> add ArchGDAL

To test if it is installed correctly,

pkg> test ArchGDAL

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