Bindings to GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library)


Read and write raster and vector geospatial datasets straight from Node.js with this native GDAL binding. GDAL 2.0.0 (GEOS 3.4.2, Proj.4 4.8.0) comes bundled, so node-gdal will work straight out of the box.

$ npm install gdal --save

To link against shared libgdal, install using:

# requires libgdal-dev (debian: sudo apt-get install libgdal-dev) 
$ npm install gdal --build-from-source --shared_gdal
var gdal = require("gdal");
var dataset ="sample.tif");
console.log("number of bands: " + dataset.bands.count());
console.log("width: " + dataset.rasterSize.x);
console.log("height: " + dataset.rasterSize.y);
console.log("geotransform: " + dataset.geoTransform);
console.log("srs: " + (ds.srs ? ds.srs.toWKT() : 'null'));
var gdal = require("gdal");
var dataset ="sample.shp");
var layer = dataset.layers.get(0);
console.log("number of features: " + layer.features.count());
console.log("fields: " + layer.fields.getNames());
console.log("extent: " + JSON.stringify(layer.extent));
console.log("srs: " + (layer.srs ? layer.srs.toWKT() : 'null'));
  • This binding is currently not async, so it will block node's event loop. This will be changing in the future (#18). In the meantime, be very careful (or avoid) using it in server code. We recommended using tools like worker-farm to push expensive operations to a seperate process.

This binding is a collaboration between Natural Atlas and Mapbox. Its contributors are Brandon Reavis, Brian Reavis, Dane Springmeyer, Zac McCormick, and others.

Before submitting pull requests, please update the tests and make sure they all pass.

$ make test # test against bundled gdal 
$ make test-shared # test against shared gdal 

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