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I am looking for the equivalent of FWTools for Mac OS X, Lion. Is there anything I can easily install and get that command?

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You can find Mac GDAL downloads here: OGR and the associated utilities (i.e ogr2ogr and ogrinfo) are included with GDAL.

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Yup, thanks. It gets installed to /Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/1.8/Programs/ogr2ogr – CLJ Feb 13 '12 at 1:32
Or, brew install gdal ( – Meekohi Jan 29 '14 at 17:19
@Meekohi you should add that as an answer, not as a comment. – Luke Jan 29 '14 at 23:12
As you command. – Meekohi Jan 30 '14 at 3:23
@Meekohi I suggested you add that as answer so I could vote for it. Which I have. No commands intended ;) – Luke Jan 30 '14 at 3:46

ogr2ogr is part of the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL).

  1. Get homebrew from
  2. brew install gdal
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Taking the information from the above, here's how you would actually get the ogr2ogr command working like it should

  • add this to your ~/.bash_profile script:

    export PATH=/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/1.[YOURVERSIONHERE]/Programs/:$PATH

the above code also adds a bunch of other gdal libraries to your path as well

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Well put @boulder_ruby - exactly what I needed! – Joey Schluchter Jan 21 '14 at 15:34

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