I have a directory with 50 subdirectories containing a total of 300 shapefiles which I would like to query for their feature count and output to a text file.

Thus far I am able to get the feature count for all shapefiles in 1 subdirectory using ogrinfo:

for %f in (*.shp) do ogrinfo -al -so %f

This outputs a lot of additional metadata and tags which need to be stripped out manually.

Introducing the following to this script results in the feature counts all equaling 1:

-dialect sqlite -sql "SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT('ID'))"

I'd love to learn a command line solution to efficiently parse the ogrinfo output. I recognize that this could require some awk/grep type solutions which I can learn to do, but I am working with a standard Windows 10 install of OSGEO /GDAL.

2 Answers 2


You can use findstr with multiple search terms.

FOR /R %f IN (*.shp) do ( 
    echo %f  >> shape_list.txt
    ogrinfo -al -so %f| findstr /I /c:"layer name" /c:"feature count" >> shape_list.txt

Windows has a built in find command you could use. Do help find to see the options.

for %f in (*.shp) do ogrinfo -al -so %f | find /I "feature count"

If you need to reduce it down to just the count without the label you might have to find a different utility.

  • Thanks @mikewatt! The label is helpful. To add an additional tag like layer name, is the find command still useful?
    – mbela
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:47
  • Hmm, I'm not aware of any way to "or" the find string. Sounds like you might be better off writing some Python, Batch, or Powershell to get the job done
    – mikewatt
    Feb 26, 2019 at 23:50
  • Thank you! Given user2856's response using findstr with two string searches, I am able to pipe these two metadata tags into a text file: FOR /R "dir" %f in (*.shp) do ogrinfo -al -so %f | findstr /I /c:"layer name" /c:"feature count" >> layer_feature_count.txt I have one more issue to resolve: each of fifty folders contains identically named shapefiles so I need to append the subdirectory name to layer name and feature count. Any thoughts?
    – mbela
    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:03
  • Thank you user2856! That did the trick.
    – mbela
    Feb 27, 2019 at 2:15

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