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gdal_contour(1) General Commands Manual gdal_contour(1)

NAME

gdal_contour - Builds vector contour lines from a raster elevation model.

SYNOPSIS

Usage: gdal_contour [-b <band>] [-a <attribute_name>] [-amin <attribute_name>] [-amax <attribute_name>]
                    [-3d] [-inodata]
                    [-snodata n] [-i <interval>]
                    [-f <formatname>] [[-dsco NAME=VALUE] ...] [[-lco NAME=VALUE] ...]
                    [-off <offset>] [-fl <level> <level>...] [-e <exp_base>]
                    [-nln <outlayername>] [-p]
                    <src_filename> <dst_filename>

DESCRIPTION

This program generates a vector contour file from the input raster elevation model (DEM).

Starting from version 1.7 the contour line-strings will be oriented consistently. The high side will be on the right, i.e. a line string goes clockwise around a top.

-b band:
picks a particular band to get the DEM from. Defaults to band 1.
-a name:
provides a name for the attribute in which to put the elevation. If not provided no elevation attribute is attached. Ignored in polygonal contouring (-p) mode.
-amin name:
(Since GDAL 2.4) provides a name for the attribute in which to put the minimum elevation of contour polygon. If not provided no minimum elevation attribute is attached. Ignored in default line contouring mode.
-amax name:
(Since GDAL 2.4) provides a name for the attribute in which to put the maximum elevation of contour polygon. If not provided no maximim elevation attribute is attached. Ignored in default line contouring mode.
-3d:
Force production of 3D vectors instead of 2D. Includes elevation at every vertex.
-inodata:
Ignore any nodata value implied in the dataset - treat all values as valid.
-snodata value:
Input pixel value to treat as 'nodata'.
-f format:
Create output in a particular format. Starting with GDAL 2.3, if not specified, the format is guessed from the extension (previously was ESRI Shapefile).
-dsco NAME=VALUE:
Dataset creation option (format specific)
-lco NAME=VALUE:
Layer creation option (format specific)
-i interval:
elevation interval between contours.
-off offset:
Offset from zero relative to which to interpret intervals.
-fl level:
Name one or more 'fixed levels' to extract.
-e base:
(Since GDAL 2.4) will generate levels on an exponential scale: base ^ k, for k an integer.
-nln outlayername:
Provide a name for the output vector layer. Defaults to 'contour'.
-p:
(Since GDAL 2.4) Generate contour polygons rather than contour lines.

C API

Functionality of this utility can be done from C with GDALContourGenerate().

EXAMPLE

This would create 10meter contours from the DEM data in dem.tif and produce a shapefile in contour.shp/shx/dbf with the contour elevations in the 'elev' attribute.

gdal_contour -a elev dem.tif contour.shp -i 10.0

AUTHORS

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam@pobox.com, Silke Reimer silke@intevation.de
Tue Oct 15 2019 GDAL