I'm working with mutliple sets of layers in order to create a new one. As I need to load them directly from the internet, I use both /vsizip/ and /vsicurl/

But I'm stuck at loading one of them. Here is what I do:

from osgeo import ogr
address_shp = ogr.Open("/vsizip//vsicurl/http://bano.openstreetmap.fr/BAN_odbl/BAN_odbl_01-shp.zip")
if address_shp is None:
    print ('Address : download successfull')
    print ('Address : download failed')

parcels_shp = ogr.Open("/vsizip//vsicurl/https://cadastre.data.gouv.fr/data/etalab-cadastre/latest/shp/departements/01/cadastre-01-batiments-shp.zip")
if parcels_shp is None:
    print ('Parcels : download successfull')
    print ('Parcels : download failed')


>Address : download successfull
>Parcels : download failed

I got the same result directly in QGis. So, does /vsicurl/ handle https protocol? Or is the problem elsewhere?

OS : Windows 7 / Qgis 2.8.26 & 3.4.2

  • It works for me by omitting the slash after cadastre-01-batiments-shp.zip.
    – AndreJ
    Dec 5, 2018 at 15:42
  • @AndreJ My bad, it isn't present in my code, I removed it from the question. What are your ogr version and os? Dec 5, 2018 at 15:56
  • I can also ogrinfo the parcels connection string without any problems, with GDAL 2.3.1 on OSX Dec 5, 2018 at 16:02
  • So it does work from command line ? It's really strange, I can't open it even with GDAL 2.3.2 using QGis 3.4 Dec 5, 2018 at 16:11
  • I'm using the same GDAL version on the Windows command line. And Linux Mint 18 with ubuntugis GDAL 2.2.2 and the same result. Since you are on Windows, take a look at osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/…
    – AndreJ
    Dec 5, 2018 at 16:36

1 Answer 1


Thanks @AndreJ for pointing this out.

The problems comes from the fact that curl (which is used by GDAL) may need a certificate for https protocol, depending on how it has been build (specifications here).

Fortunately, one can be downloaded from a secure source, it must be named curl-ca-bundle.crt and dropped in one of the following directories in order to fix the problem (don't forget to close and reload QGis):

  • QGis directory
  • Current working directory
  • Windows System directory (e.g. C:\windows\system32)
  • Windows Directory (e.g. C:\windows)
  • Directory specified in %PATH%

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