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apt-get install python-gdal installs version 1.6.0 and this is already installed. I would like to install the 1.9.0 version. Do I have to de-install 1.6.0 first and then compile manually or is there an apt-get package that I have missed?

thanks for any help,


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up vote 6 down vote accepted

You can get 1.9 from Ubuntugis (see

See for other sources of binaries.

Failing all else you can build 1.9 from the sources (

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Sorry, the downvote was accidental (stupid tiny phone browser and fat fingers...) and now I can't change it unless you edit your answer. FYI 1.9 is available for Ubuntu 10.04 via the Ubuntugis unstable PPA. – Luke Mar 15 '12 at 22:15
will gdal 1.9 be available for Ubuntu 11.10 soon via ubuntugis-unstable or should I compile it myself? – Janvb Mar 27 '12 at 8:57

Build from source, with Python bindings:

sudo apt-get install build-essential python-all-dev
tar xvfz gdal-1.9.0.tar.gz
cd gdal-1.9.0
./configure --with-python
sudo make install

In addition, some Linux distributions require the shared library cache to be updated after install:

sudo ldconfig

(Note: there are newer versions of GDAL available that can be compiled similar to this answer.)

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Thanks Mike is was very helpful, your description how on to build up gdal from the source. – user9417 Aug 8 '12 at 21:32
@Rengifo Please upvote useful answers. You may leave comments but upvoting is even more important. – underdark Aug 9 '12 at 6:24
After 2 days unable to get gdal functioning in Ubuntu, finding this comment was /very/ helpful! One minor note though is that the rest of the GIS stack installs into /usr/local/bin and this seems to install into /usr/bin/ – Mittenchops Jan 8 '13 at 7:14
I had trouble installing from the repository. This took awhile to execute but it worked. – RevNoah Jun 14 '13 at 22:15
For future users: the folder structure changed a little bit. In order to download the latest stable version, the wget command would look as follows: wget – fdetsch Jan 12 '15 at 9:53

You can get 1.9 from Ubuntugis (see as you're running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid. 1.9 was built for Lucid for the OSGEO Live DVD and should be available for other Ubuntu versions soon (ish). Source: some email traffic on the UbuntuGIS mailing list.

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In case the question asked was still relevant, I managed to install Python-Gdal on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) simply using:

apt-get install python-gdal

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