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An Open Format for Geospatial Information

GeoPackage is the modern alternative to formats like SDTS and Shapefile. Its SQLite-based format efficiently stores and transfers geographic vector features and image tiles.

GeoPackage is the modern alternative to formats like SDTS and Shapefile. At it’s core, GeoPackage is simply a SQLite database schema. If you know SQLite, you are close to knowing GeoPackage. Install Spatialite – the premiere spatial extention to SQLite – and you get all the performance of a spatial database along with the convenience of a file-based data set that can be emailed, shared on a USB drive or burned to a DVD.

GeoPackage was carefully designed this way to facilitate widespread adoption and use of a single simple file format by both commercial and open-source software applications — on enterprise production platforms as well as mobile hand-held devices. GeoPackage is a standard from the Open Geospatial Consortium. It was designed and prototyped following a multi-year, open process of requirements testing and public input. It is designed for extension. So if you need more than the core GeoPackage feature set, join OGC's open process to standardize community-tested enhancements.

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Official Standards Information
For all official, normative information on the GeoPackage standard, including PDF format download, see the OGC standards program GeoPackage page.



Luciad's libgpkg

  • llibgpkg is a small C library that allows developers to easily read/write GeoPackage compliant SQLite files. The library only depends on SQLite. Luciad is pleased to announce they are making this base geopackage library available to the entire community as an open-source library. Our hope is that by releasing this library we can help in making geopackage a widely adopted format within the geo community.

Luciad GeoPackage Viewer

  • To support the OGC OWS-9 and OWS-10 testbeds, Luciad has developed a viewer for Android that enables visualization of data following the OGC GeoPackage standard. The Luciad OGC GeoPackage Viewer is made available free of charge.

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 Sample Data



Simple Sewers test data set

Haiti OpenStreetMap tiles and point features

Geonames data for Belgium