I need a way to find out the unit of an EPSG-Code (e.g: meter) from java (ogr, gdal, osgeo?) but any other approach would be fine as well. I want to do something like:

   do this
} else {
   do that
  • Does this help? gis.stackexchange.com/questions/7608/… – John Powell Feb 10 '15 at 9:34
  • how you do this is pretty dependent on the software package you are using, OGR will be different to GeoTools which is different to OpenJump etc. – Ian Turton Feb 10 '15 at 10:15
  • @JohnBarça thanks but there were a lot of things that I did not understand (since I am new to GIS) but I managed to solve my problem. – Selphiron Feb 10 '15 at 10:57
  • or you could try parsing the definition file for the EPSG code directly: opengis.net/def/crs/EPSG/0/27700 – nmtoken Mar 14 '16 at 19:56

I used the ogr java bindings:

public static void unitOfCRS(){
        SpatialReference poSourceSRS = new SpatialReference();
        // output: metre
        // output: degree


You could perhaps look into the PROJ4 library. There seems to be a Java binding, which you could use.

I am almost confident that I have done a similar task before, although with Python, but I cannot find my code to double check.

Either way, there should be a way to get a string which includes all the parameters of a specific coordinate system. You would then use that string to extract your units.

  • thanks for the answer, that looks promising but the installation of the java binding together with the proj4 library was a little bit too much, I found out that I can solve my problem with the ogr java bindings (which I already have installed). – Selphiron Feb 10 '15 at 10:56

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