I wrote a very simple python function that gives me the envelope/bounding box/...based on two coordinate pairs (ower left and upper right corner):

# ...
def get_bounding_box(self, ll_corner, ur_corner):
        from shapely.geometry import MultiPoint
        mp_env = MultiPoint([ll_corner, ur_corner]).envelope
        return ogr.CreateGeometryFromWkt( mp_env.to_wkt() )

print mp_env
POLYGON ((4.8439699999999997 52.3661099999999990, 4.8469199999999999 52.3661099999999990, 4.8469199999999999 52.3706000000000031, 4.8439699999999997 52.3706000000000031, 4.8439699999999997 52.3661099999999990))

As you can see I'm returning an ogr geometry which I use, for instance, in this manner:

bbox = geo.get_bounding_box(lowerleft,upper_right) 
if p.Within(bbox):

Isn't there an equivalent function to shapely's envelope in ogr? Both .ConvexHull() and GetEnvelope() return only the two corner coordinate pairs.

1 Answer 1


The Ogr function GetEnvelope() returns "a tuple (minX, maxX, minY, maxY)" (from here), but what you want (from what I can understand) is a Polygon describing the envelope/bbox?

This is actually rather simple, as the tuple (minX, maxX, minY, maxY) is all you need to create a Polygon.

Just create a Polygon based these, like so:

from osgeo import ogr

def my_envelope(geom):
   (minX, maxX, minY, maxY) = geom.GetEnvelope()

    # Create ring
    ring = ogr.Geometry(ogr.wkbLinearRing)
    ring.AddPoint(minX, minY)
    ring.AddPoint(maxX, minY)
    ring.AddPoint(maxX, maxY)
    ring.AddPoint(minX, maxY)
    ring.AddPoint(minX, minY)

    # Create polygon
    poly_envelope = ogr.Geometry(ogr.wkbPolygon)
    return poly_envelope
  • Thanks for your answer. So to makes things clear: there is no ogr build-in function that does this?
    – LarsVegas
    Mar 19, 2014 at 14:12
  • I don't think so
    – radouxju
    Mar 19, 2014 at 14:16
  • Hi @atlefren, thanks for the code, I've tried to create polygon shapefiles out of this based on my polygon shapefiles. but I can't seem to get it work. any help would be greatly appreciated.
    – Mehdi
    Mar 14, 2018 at 5:57
  • @Matt "can't seem to get it to work" is a far too vague "question". What does not work? My suggested function? How does it not work?
    – atlefren
    Mar 15, 2018 at 6:57
  • @atlefren as I said I'm trying to create polygon shapfiles out of my_envelope function you provided above. But it only creates an empty shapefile. Here's the link to the question I've raised. gis.stackexchange.com/questions/274687/…
    – Mehdi
    Mar 16, 2018 at 0:31

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