I quite often get stuck trying to solve particular problems, or getting syntaxes right.

Apart from the details provided in the links on GDAL Utilities, does anyone know of any 3rd party resources/manuals explaining it in a bit more user friendly way?

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    What particular problems are you trying to solve and what kind of syntax problems have you encountered? – R.K. Jan 10 '13 at 15:00
  • @R.K. The unknown territory I came across today was creation options, commonly used under the -co function I believe. In particular, I wondered which compression type to use for a GeoTiff. They are mentioned but not explained here - gdal.org/frmt_gtiff.html. I also don't understand where the utilities with .py extensions can be used. QGIS maybe? On a broader note, having never been formally taught GDAL I just find the utilities page a bit too technical. I guess my expectations are high, having used ESRI help pages for a while... – JPD Jan 10 '13 at 15:20
  • This seems to be a shopping list question. For focussed Q&A I think you should ask a specific question about a place you are stuck and trust the community to suggest learning resources as part of routine answering rather than seeking them as multiple answers. – PolyGeo Jul 12 '16 at 20:15

Once released this book will probably serve as a good reference:

Geospatial Power Tools – GDAL/OGR Command Line Utilities

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    Update: We just released a preview version of this book a couple days ago! Check it out here. It includes all of the normal reference docs, but they have been improved in some ways and the rest of the book is new material with examples. – 1tylermitchell Nov 5 '13 at 6:36

A compilation of gdal help links from cartotalk http://www.cartotalk.com/index.php?showtopic=5144

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    Looks like a nice set of resources on that page. – Timothy Michael Jan 16 '13 at 1:51

This website lists out several options for you to consider...

  • Learning GDAL and Open-source Tutorials
  • GDAL.org
  • OSGeo Trac

Check out the options documented in Seeking Open Source Training Materials?, which address open source training in general.



Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition, by Eric Westra

It's a nice tutorial for processing spatial data with GDAL Python library mainly.

Of course GDAL website is a nice source of informations: http://www.gdal.org

  • thanks for book, gdal website is the first stop all the time it just lacks many examples. – If you do not know- just GIS Jul 12 '16 at 16:53

One of best resources to start working on GDAL is link followed at the bottom of the page with all references.


This website link will be useful in learning how to download and use GDAL without installation along with environment variable setups.

Some useful tools like gdalinfo, ogr2ogr, gdalcreatevrt etc have been explained. Hope it will be useful.

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