GDAL is a translator library for raster and vector 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 raster abstract data model and single vector abstract data model to the calling application for all supported formats. It also comes with a variety of useful command line utilities for data translation and processing.


  • Raster Data Model
  • Multidimensional Raster Data Model
  • Vector Data Model
  • Geographic Networks Data Model
  • OGR SQL dialect and SQLITE SQL dialect
  • GDAL Virtual File Systems
  • Feature Style Specification
  • Configuration options

Raster drivers

Vector drivers

User oriented documentation