I have a found a lot of questions about converting shapefiles to GeoJSON, but how do you convert a GeoJSON to a Shapefile?

I've seen Converting GeoJSON to Shapefile using ogr2ogr? that uses ogr2ogr, but they look like they are commands for a shell.

Is there a pure Python script to do it?

I've also found this solution that runs without any errors, but the output is still a GeoJSON.

Perhaps explaining how to write as a .shp?

import geojson
import subprocess
import urllib.request as ur

url = 'http://ig3is.grid.unep.ch/istsos/wa/istsos/services/ghg/procedures/operations/geojson?epsg=3857'
response = ur.urlopen(url)
data = geojson.loads(response.read())

with open('D:/Scripts/Stand19North.geojson', 'w') as f:
    geojson.dump(data, f)

args = ['ogr2ogr', '-f', 'ESRI Shapefile', 'D:/Scripts/converted_shp.shp',
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    It might be worth mentioning that the script: 1. downloads a GeoJSON and then 2. uses ogr2ogr as a subprocess. If you already have a GeoJSON file, then you may as well just run ogr2ogr on a shell, unless there's other work to do in Python. If this script works without raising an error, then you already have ogr2ogr available as a command. May 25, 2021 at 22:01
  • @alphabetasoup yes I do have other work to do in Python. This script will be included in a batch that I am working on creating. That's why I am looking for a pure python way.
    – Binx
    May 25, 2021 at 22:11
  • Well I used the shell and it worked. It's pure python, but I guess it will work for now.
    – Binx
    May 25, 2021 at 22:37
  • Ogr2ogr is also available as a Python function VectorTranslate. No need to use subprocess. See the API documentation gdal.org/python/osgeo.gdal-module.html#VectorTranslate gdal.org/python/osgeo.gdal-module.html#VectorTranslateOptions
    – user30184
    May 26, 2021 at 6:22

2 Answers 2


Geopandas can accomplish this.

Try this:

import geopandas as gpd

gdf = gpd.read_file('file.geojson')

Ogr2ogr is also available as a Python function VectorTranslate. No need to use subprocess. See the API documentation

https://gdal.org/api/python/osgeo.gdal.html#osgeo.gdal.VectorTranslate https://gdal.org/api/python/osgeo.gdal.html#osgeo.gdal.VectorTranslateOptions

Minimal usage example:

from osgeo import gdal
srcDS = gdal.OpenEx('test.json')
ds = gdal.VectorTranslate('test.shp', srcDS, format='ESRI Shapefile')

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