I'm trying to extract the layer DEPARE from an S-57 datafile and convert it into a shapefile. I'm using ogr2ogr from OpenGeo Suite 4.5 (GDAL 1.11.1) on Windows 7 64 bit.

The problem is that when I issue ogr2ogr -f "ESRI shapefile" depare.shp US6RI26M.000 DEPARE I get an error FAILURE: Couldn't fetch requested layer 'DEPARE'!.

This seems odd because when I load the same s-57 file into QGis I can choose the layer DEPARE among all other layers. I've tried calling ogrinfo -ro -summary US6RI26M.000 which returns the follwing:

INFO: Open of `US6RI26M.000'
      using driver `S57' successful.
1: DSID (None)
2: Point (Point)
3: Line (Line String)
4: Area (Polygon)
5: Meta (None)

I struggle to understand why I don't see the same layers that I get when opening the file in QGis - DISD, BRIDGE, BUISGL, BUAARE, CTNARE, DEPARE... Is the DEPARE layer part of a higher-level layer 4: Area (Polygon) as shown by ogrinfo?

Question: How can I extract the DEPARE layer from an S-57 file and convert it into a shapefile using the ogr2ogr tool?

I'm clearly missing something. I've searched for related q&a but none I've found so far solves my problem.

  • Which GDAL version that might be? The driver info is different from the example at mapserver.org/fr/input/vector/S57.html which shows the driver name as using driver IHO S-57 (ENC) successful
    – user30184
    Dec 20 '14 at 12:50
  • I'm using GDAL 1.11.1, released 2014/09/24 (updated above).
    – David
    Dec 20 '14 at 13:21
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    You may have a OSGeo4W shell on your computer. Try from that or download Windows binaries from gisinternals.com/sdk.
    – user30184
    Dec 21 '14 at 9:21
  • It does indeed work using OSGeo4W shell! Will you please shed a bit of light on why that is?
    – David
    Dec 21 '14 at 16:06
  • The GDAL in OpenGeo Suite must have been compiled somehow differently than the OSGeo4W version. Perhaps with older source code for the driver or libraries that S-57 driver depends. Because of the different name of the driver in your ogr2ogr example I guess that GDAL in OpenGeo Suite builds with some old version of the S-57 driver. Write a message to Boundless and ask.
    – user30184
    Dec 22 '14 at 5:50

I found the answer on the gdal-dev mailing list.

In summary, there are some .csv-files needed by the S-57 (ENC) reader. These are by default put in the GDAL_HOME/data directory (at least in GDAL 2.0.0), so for using ogrinfo you first need to do SET S57_CSV=C:\gdal\install\dir\data, then everything (both ogrinfo and your own programs) should be able to read ENC files correctly.

This is also documented on the S-57 driver page.


The problem is that you haven't set your system variables for GDAL. If you do the following:


With the important one being the GDAL_DATA path

It happens on about every machine of mine when I load S57 data

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