I have downloaded the KML file of 'Sentinel 1 Acquisition Segments' from this url. I have written this code to read KML file into GeoDataFrame, but the code returns empty GeoDataFrame.

>>>import fiona
>>>import geopandas as gpd
>>> gpd.__version__
>>> fiona.__version__
>>>gpd.io.file.fiona.drvsupport.supported_drivers['KML'] = 'rw'
>>>fp = 'Sentinel-1A_MP_20201006T160000_20201026T180000.kml'
>>>gdf = gpd.read_file(fp, driver='KML')
Empty GeoDataFrame
Columns: [Name, Description, geometry]
Index: []

Is there any code that I missed, or should I have to manipulate the KML file before?

  • @BERA, is the path too long or contain an invalid character? Fyi, I used the relative path.
    – Suhendra
    Oct 11, 2020 at 0:09
  • Its not a valid path to the file. For example r"C:\somefolder\Sentinel-1A_MP_20201006T160000_20201026T180000.kml" could be valid. Python does not know where the file is
    – BERA
    Oct 11, 2020 at 9:22
  • I have done on that way, but it returned same result (empty). I assume that the KML contains multiple folders, and I have done by using fiona listlayers method by the following answer gis.stackexchange.com/a/328554/133557, but it returned empty as well.
    – Suhendra
    Oct 12, 2020 at 0:30

1 Answer 1


Finally, I fixed the issue inspired by the following answer https://gis.stackexchange.com/a/328554/133557, I changed the driver to 'LIBKML', so the final code as following:

import fiona
import pandas as pd
import geopandas as gpd

gpd.io.file.fiona.drvsupport.supported_drivers['LIBKML'] = 'rw'

fp = 'Sentinel-1A_MP_20201006T160000_20201026T180000.kml'

gdf_list = []
for layer in fiona.listlayers(fp):
    if 'S1' in layer:
        gdf = gpd.read_file(fp, driver='LIBKML', layer=layer)

gdf = gpd.GeoDataFrame(pd.concat(gdf_list, ignore_index=True))


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