I got the geometry of a feature of the shapefile, and i want to save that geometry in the postgis (in WKB formats like it happens when we import shapefiles using shp2pgsql and psql commands). How do I convert then

To get Geometry i have used OSGeo OGR library eg:

feat = layer.GetFeature(0)
geometry = feat.GetGeometryRef()

and I have got

<osgeo.ogr.Geometry; proxy of <Swig Object of type 'OGRGeometryShadow *' at 0x0096A2D8> >

so how will convert it into the WKB geometry? I am using Python for this.


You are almost there. You just need to call the ExportToWkb function.

import ogr
# Get the driver
driver = ogr.GetDriverByName('ESRI Shapefile')
# Open a shapefile
shapefileName = "D:/temp/myshapefile.shp"
dataset = driver.Open(shapefileName, 0)

layer = dataset.GetLayer()
for index in xrange(layer.GetFeatureCount()):
    feature = layer.GetFeature(index)
    wkb = feature.GetGeometryRef().ExportToWkb()
  • Thanks geographika .. is there any resource available whare i can look for the different api's available.
    – Vicky
    Oct 19 '11 at 16:20
  • The Python bindings mirror the OGR C API gdal.org/ogr/classOGRGeometry.html Oct 19 '11 at 17:03

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