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Graphical Front End For The ogr2ogr Vector File Converter

ogr2ogr is a simple command line utility that converts between supported vector file formats. For those who don’t like dealing with command line programs, and need only limited conversion capability, Inventis has written a simple Windows front-end for ogr2ogr called ogr2gui:

og2gui front end for ogr2ogr

Documentation is limited, so it’s not clear which input formats are fully supported. For example, input shapefiles work, but I had problems getting E00 files to convert (see this post for an E00 to shapefile conversion process that does work). Hopefully documentation will improve with time along with functionality (this is already the fourth release).

Output formats are limited to:

  • Shapefile
  • MapInfo
  • KML
  • GML
  • CSV

Converting shapefiles to Google Earth’s KML format works as long as the shapefile is in latitude/longitude format, WGS84; attribute table data added to the placemark pop-up for point shapefiles, but not lines or areas. There are better converters for shapefiles to KML conversion like shp2kml, but this is a good choice for converting other less-well-supported vector formats into the supported output formats..

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1 Response to “Graphical Front End For The ogr2ogr Vector File Converter”

  1. 1 j03lar50n

    Would be a great addition to my Portable GIS on a stick (USB, flash drive) .. I’m going to see if it’s as easy to do as pgAdminIII was – I’ll follow up with any success/failure.

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