I want to enable read support from Erdas ECW files in gdal on windows.

I have GDAL binaries from here and I also have a self compiled version.

When compiling myself I have found the options in nmake.opt and could add support myself, but if its possible I would rather add it to the precombiled distribution from gisinternals. Is this possible? Or will I need to compile it my self?

  • If you use binaries from gisintenals, have you noticed the msi installer for ECW plugin gisinternals.com/sdk/…?
    – user30184
    Oct 23, 2014 at 17:38
  • i had not. Will take a look Oct 23, 2014 at 18:09
  • It worked, all the *.exe apps works, but the python scripts wont use the plugin. Is there python bindings from gisinternals also that can be added to python. (maybe the one i got from pip install is bad) Oct 23, 2014 at 18:31
  • actually my python bindings came from: lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#gdal since i could got get pip install to work. Oct 23, 2014 at 18:34
  • On the same directory page I see "Installer for the GDAL python bindings (requires to install the GDAL core)"
    – user30184
    Oct 23, 2014 at 18:37

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For read access the easiest way to get ECW support is through the OSGeo4W installer. Do an Advanced install, and in the libs section enable the gdal-ecw library.

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