We want to import .ecw images. We have done it using QGIS 2.8 for Windows in the past, but we can't using QGIS 2.10 for Ubuntu

  • Please edit your question to include any error messages you received. Where/when exactly is it failing?
    – mkennedy
    Aug 18, 2015 at 16:11
  • ECW isn't an open-source format so the drivers can't be shipped with QGIS or GDAL... you'll need to install them yourself. You might want to check out ECW for Qgis 1.8 in Ubuntu 12.04 for instructions
    – Steven Kay
    Aug 18, 2015 at 16:17
  • @StevenKay there seems to be no problem to ship the ECW driver with OSGEO4W or standalone Windows builds. It is only a packaging problem, since it once worked from the ubuntugis-unstable repository running GDAL 1.10 on Ubuntu 14.04.
    – AndreJ
    Aug 19, 2015 at 4:09

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No, it is currently not possible to install the GDAL ECW driver on current QGIS and Ubuntu versions in an easy way.

There is an ECW driver in the ubuntugis-unstable repository that works with GDAL 1.10 on Ubuntu 14.04, but needs a hack to make it running under GDAL 1.11: Unable to install ECW support on lubuntu 14.04

Unfortunately, it does not seem to work anymore with newer ubuntu versions. If building GDAL from source is no option for you, I suggest to install a virtual box with ubuntu 14.04 and try my workaround. Or put Windows in the box (if you have a license for that) and just use it for transforming ecw files to Geotiff for further processing.

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