[gdal-announce] GDAL 2.2.0 is released

Even Rouault even.rouault at spatialys.com
Tue May 9 01:54:24 PDT 2017


On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to
announce the release of GDAL/OGR 2.2.0.  GDAL/OGR is a C++ geospatial
data access library for raster and vector file formats, databases and
web services.  It includes bindings for several languages, and a variety
of command line tools.


The 2.2.0 release is a major new feature release with the following 

* New GDAL/raster drivers:
 - DERIVED driver: read-support. Expose subdatasets in a a new metadata domain, called 
 - JP2Lura driver: read/create support for JPEG-2000 images using Luratech JP2 Library
 - PRF: add read-only support for PHOTOMOD PRF file format driver (github #173)
 - RRASTER driver: read-support .grd/.gri files handled by the R 'raster' package (#6249)
* New OGR/vector drivers:
 - CAD driver: read support for DWG R2000 files (GSoC 2016 project)
 - DGNv8 driver: read-write support for DGN 8.0 format (using Teigha ODA libraries)
 - GMLAS driver: read-write support. XML/GML driver driven by Application Schemas.
* New utility script: ogrmerge.py to merge several vector datasets into a single one
* New /vsigs/ and /vsigs_streaming/ virtual file systems to read Google Cloud Storage non-
public files
* Significantly improved drivers:
 - NWT_GRD: write support (#6533)
 - FileGDB/OpenFileGDB: add support to read curve geometries (#5890)
 - VRT derived band: add the capability to define pixel functions in Python
 - Add read support for RasterLite2 coverages in SQLite driver
 - GPKG: implement tiled gridded elevation data extension
 - ISIS3: add write support and improve read support

* RFC 63: Add GDALRasterBand::GetDataCoverageStatus() and implement it in GTiff and 
VRT drivers
* RFC 64: Triangle, Polyhedral surface and TIN
    ==> this RFC introduces potential backward incompatible behaviour.
        Consult MIGRATION_GUIDE.txt
* RFC 66: OGR random layer read/write capabilities
* RFC 67: add null field state for OGR features, in addition to unset fields
    ==> this RFC introduces potential backward incompatible behaviour.
        Consult MIGRATION_GUIDE.txt
* Upgrade to EPSG database v9.0 (#6772)
* Python bindings: Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) released before entering GDAL native code 
(for all, in GDAL module and a few ones in ogr like ogr.Open())
* Continued major efforts on sanitization of code base
* Remove bridge and vb6 bindings (#6640)
* GNM built by default

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 2.2.0
release can be found at:


The release can be downloaded from:
  * http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.2.0/gdal220.zip - source as a zip
  * http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.2.0/gdal-2.2.0.tar.gz - source as 
  * http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.2.0/gdal-2.2.0.tar.xz - source as 
  * http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.2.0/gdal-grass-2.2.0.tar.gz - GDAL-GRASS plugin
  * http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.2.0/gdalautotest-2.2.0.tar.gz - test 
  * http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/2.2.0/gdal220doc.zip - documentation / 

The migration guide can be found at  :

Best regards,


Spatialys - Geospatial professional services
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