GDAL 3.1.0 is released

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GDAL 3.1.0 is released

Jorge Sanz (OSGeo)



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:

* - source as a zip

* - source as .tar.gz

* - source as .tar.xz



* - test


* - documentation /



The migration guide can be found at :


Best regards,





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