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       gdaltindex - gdaltindex builds a shapefile as a raster tileindex


       gdaltindex [-tileindex field_name] [-write_absolute_path] [-skip_different_projection] index_file [gdal_file]*


       This program builds a shapefile with a record for each input raster
       file, an attribute containing the filename, and a polygon geometry
       outlining the raster. This output is suitable for use with UMN
       MapServer as a raster tileindex.

       · The shapefile (index_file) will be created if it doesn’t already
         exist, otherwise it will append to the existing file.
       · The default tile index field is ’location’.
       · Raster filenames will be put in the file exactly as they are
         specified on the commandline unless the option -write_absolute_path
         is used.
       · If -skip_different_projection is specified, only files with same
         projection ref as files already inserted in the tileindex will be
       · Simple rectangular polygons are generated in the same coordinate
         system as the rasters.


       gdaltindex doq_index.shp doq/*.tif


       Frank Warmerdam <>