apt-get install python-gdal installs version 1.6.0 and this is already installed. I would like to install the 1.9.0 version.

Do I have to de-install 1.6.0 first and then compile manually or is there an apt-get package that I have missed?

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Note: this is an answer for an older version of GDAL, and there are newer versions available (including current) that can be compiled similar to this answer. Just replace the version numbers in the commands below.

Build from source, with Python bindings:

sudo apt-get install build-essential python-all-dev
wget http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.0.0/gdal-2.0.0.tar.gz
tar xvfz gdal-2.0.0.tar.gz
cd gdal-2.0.0
./configure --with-python
sudo make install

In addition, some Linux distributions require the shared library cache to be updated after install:

sudo ldconfig
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    Thanks Mike is was very helpful, your description how on to build up gdal from the source.
    – user9417
    Aug 8, 2012 at 21:32
  • @Rengifo Please upvote useful answers. You may leave comments but upvoting is even more important.
    – underdark
    Aug 9, 2012 at 6:24
  • After 2 days unable to get gdal functioning in Ubuntu, finding this comment was /very/ helpful! One minor note though is that the rest of the GIS stack installs into /usr/local/bin and this seems to install into /usr/bin/ Jan 8, 2013 at 7:14
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    For future users: the folder structure changed a little bit. In order to download the latest stable version, the wget command would look as follows: wget http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/1.11.1/gdal-1.11.1.tar.gz.
    – fdetsch
    Jan 12, 2015 at 9:53
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    It's better to use checkinfo instead of make install, in case you ever wanted to uninstall it. Simple make uninstall didn't work for GDAL installed this way.
    – Pavel V.
    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:55

You can get 1.9 from Ubuntugis (see https://launchpad.net/~ubuntugis/+archive/ubuntugis-unstable).

See http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/DownloadingGdalBinaries for other sources of binaries.

Failing all else you can build 1.9 from the sources (http://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/BuildHints)


In case the question asked was still relevant, I managed to install Python-Gdal on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) simply using:

apt-get install python-gdal

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    Your answer just made my day. I had been going by Mike's still good answer but I encountered some crazy error when installing on the third machine. But when running this it went smoothly. Thanks a lot!
    – john-jones
    Nov 7, 2016 at 20:22

You can get 1.9 from Ubuntugis (see https://launchpad.net/~ubuntugis/+archive/ubuntugis-unstable) as you're running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid. 1.9 was built for Lucid for the OSGEO Live DVD and should be available for other Ubuntu versions soon (ish). Source: some email traffic on the UbuntuGIS mailing list.

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