[gdal-dev] writing DWG/DXF

Sunburned Surveyor sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com
Thu Mar 18 11:19:52 EDT 2010

You could create each feature as a block, and then have the attributes
of the feature as the block.

The other way is to create text entities in your DXF file with the
values of the attribute. Both of these solutions are possible, but I'm
sure would require some extra programming.

My CAD web page lists a couple of other free CAD program/viewers you
can use to test your DXF files:



On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 3:47 AM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> Andreas Neumann wrote:
>> yes - it is a read/write driver.
> I have meanwhile checked out and tried it successfully. My use case is
> taking shape files with geodata (road networks, railway, land use etc) and
> converting them to DXF for a client of mine. I created a set of DXF files
> from my shapes and checked them in QCAD.
> Sadly I only get geometries, no extra attributes ("DXF layer does not
> support arbitrary field creation."). I can work around this by creating one
> shape file for every type of feature, but I'll never get something like
> street names that way.
>> There will be further work on this provider. If you (or someone else)
>> would have some money for improvements it would help as well.
> Is not being able to convert something like a street name a fundamental
> problem of DXF, or is this something that could be implemented for a client
> willing to part with some money?
> Bye
> Frederik
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