I am looking for the equivalent of FWTools for Mac OS X, Lion. Is there anything I can easily install and get that command?

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ogr2ogr is part of the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL).

  1. Get homebrew from http://brew.sh
  2. brew install gdal

You can find Mac GDAL downloads here: http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/archive#gdal OGR and the associated utilities (i.e ogr2ogr and ogrinfo) are included with GDAL.

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    Yup, thanks. It gets installed to /Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/1.8/Programs/ogr2ogr
    – CLJ
    Feb 13, 2012 at 1:32
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    Or, brew install gdal (brew.sh)
    – Meekohi
    Jan 29, 2014 at 17:19
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    @Meekohi you should add that as an answer, not as a comment.
    – user2856
    Jan 29, 2014 at 23:12
  • As you command.
    – Meekohi
    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:23
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    @Meekohi I suggested you add that as answer so I could vote for it. Which I have. No commands intended ;)
    – user2856
    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:46

Taking the information from the above, here's how you would actually get the ogr2ogr command working like it should

  • add this to your ~/.bash_profile script:

    export PATH=/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/1.[YOURVERSIONHERE]/Programs/:$PATH

the above code also adds a bunch of other gdal libraries to your path as well

  • Well put @boulder_ruby - exactly what I needed! Jan 21, 2014 at 15:34
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    You can also use "Current" as the [YOURVERSIONHERE]
    – Tom Lee
    Oct 22, 2018 at 14:07
  • Try restarting your computer after you add this to your path. And if that doesn't work, try adding a manual PATH variable to the QGIS settings page: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/285832/… Nov 7, 2018 at 4:57
  • @plnnr not necessary. To reload ~/.bash_profile just reload a new terminal or run source ~/.bash_profile Dec 19, 2018 at 15:03

brew install gdal

You will either have to symlink the ogr2ogr binary to your PATH our just use it directly. in my case. I found it under /opt/homebrew/opt/gdal/bin/ogr2ogr using:

brew --prefix gdal

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