GDAL 2.2.0 is released

News Date: 
10 May 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 highlights:
  • New GDAL/raster drivers:
    • DERIVED driver: read-support. Expose subdatasets in a a new metadata domain, called DERIVED_SUBDATASETS
    • 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: 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:

The migration guide can be found at:
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