[FWTools] Does gdal_translate support writing kml files from geotifs?

Simon Hook simon.j.hook at jpl.nasa.gov
Thu Feb 8 01:16:26 EST 2007

Hi Frank,

A friend asked me to look at the regionator package which supposedly 
creates kml files from geotifs, the package requires GDAL and was put 
together by Google. Its open source at


I downloaded it and tried to run the test scripts but found they were 
shell scripts. I converted them to batch files and was then able to run 
most of the tests (not all of them). The superoverlay tests ran so I 
tried to create a kml from the file I sent you before. It ran for about 
30 mins generated several hundred jpgs and kml files including a 
root.kml but when I opened google earth it went to the correct place but 
the image was garbage.

Are you familar with the regionator, especially given it requires GDAL?

Best wishes Simon

p.s. I posted a question about the regionator but no response.

Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Simon Hook wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Does gdal_translate support writing kml files from geotifs? I cannot 
>> find anything on the web site.
> Simon,
> No, I'm afraid not.  I got hot on this idea last summer at Where 2.0,
> but then the idea fell by the wayside in the crush of other activities.
> Best regards,

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