GDAL 3.1.0 is released


On behalf of the GDAL/OGR development team and community, I am pleased to announce the release of GDAL/OGR 3.1.0. 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 3.1.0 release is a new feature release with the following highlights:

  • Implement RFC 75: support for multidimensional arrays in MEM, VRT, netCDF, HDF4, HDF5 and GRIB drivers. Read/write for MEM and netCDF. Read/only for others. Add gdalmdiminfo and gdalmdimtranslate utilities.
  • Implement RFC 76: add capability of writing vector drivers in Python
  • New GDAL drivers:
    • COG: write-only, for Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF
    • EXR: read/write driver, relying on OpenEXR library
    • ISG: read-only, for geoid models of the International Service for the Geoid
    • RDB: read-only, for RIEGL Database .mpx RDB 2 files (#1538) (needs proprietary SDK)
  • New OGR drivers:
    • FlatGeoBuf: read-support and creation (#1742)
    • MapML: read/write driver for experimental web spec
  • Improved drivers:
    • OAPIF driver (renamed from WFS3): updated to OGC API – Features 1.0 core spec
    • GTiff: improve performance of internal overview creation
    • GTiff: GeoTIFF 1.1 support
    • Shapefile driver: add read/creation/update support for .shz and
    • netCDF vector: read/write support for CF-1.8 Encoded Geometries (#1287)
    • VICAR: multiple improvements and write support (#1855)
    • DDS: add read support
  • Other improvements:
    • gdalwarp: accept output drivers with only CreateCopy() capabilities
    • gdal_viewshed:
    • new utility for viewshed algorithm
  • Remove GFT driver now that the online service no longer exists (#2050)
  • New Sphinx-based documentation
  • Multiple security related fixes (ossfuzz)
  • Continued code linting (cppcheck, CoverityScan, etc.)

More complete information on the new features and fixes in the 3.1.0 release can be found at:

The release can be downloaded from:

The migration guide can be found at :

Best regards,

Spatialys – Geospatial professional services

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