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Iceberg was decommissioned on 30th November 2020. Users of Iceberg need to switch to using ShARC and/or Bessemer instead.

Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL)

GDAL is a library used by many Geographic Information Systems (GIS) packages for converting between many different raster and vector GIS data formats. It also includes command-line utilities for data translation and processing. It is released under an an X/MIT style Open Source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.


By running

$ module load libs/gcc/6.2/proj/2.1.1


  • add several GDAL programs to your PATH environment variable

  • allow other programs to make use of (dynamically link against) the GDAL library

You can run gdal-config --version to test that you are running the required version

$ gdal-config --version

The command-line programs that GDAL provides are

* ``gdaladdo``
* `gdalbuildvrt``
* `gdal-config``
* `gdal_contour``
* `gdaldem``
* `gdalenhance``
* `gdal_grid``
* `gdalinfo``
* `gdallocationinfo``
* `gdalmanage``
* `gdal_rasterize``
* `gdalserver``
* `gdalsrsinfo``
* `gdaltindex``
* `gdaltransform``
* `gdal_translate``
* `gdalwarp``
* `nearblack``
* `ogr2ogr``
* `ogrinfo``
* `ogrlineref``
* `ogrtindex``
* `testepsg``

The gdal... utilities are mostly for processing raster GIS data formats, whilst the ogr... utilities are for processing vector GIS data formats.


Standard man pages are available for the provided commands/functions.

These can be viewed using e.g.

$ man gdal_contour

Much more information is available on the project site.

Supported file formats

GDAL has been compiled on this system with support for only a limited set of GIS data formats. See Installation notes below for a list of those provided by each available version of GDAL.

Installation notes

This section is primarily for administrators of the system.

Version 2.1.1

GDAL 2.1.1 was compiled with v6.2.0 of the GCC compiler suite.

  1. cd to a scratch directory.

  2. Download, build and install GDAL using, ensuring that all output is redirected into a log file. GDAL files are installed into /usr/local/packages6/libs/gcc/6.2/gdal/2.1.1/

  3. Install this modulefile as /usr/local/modulefiles/libs/gcc/6.2/gdal/2.1.1

The file formats supported by the build generated using are listed here.