GDAL is amazing. I use it everyday for various raster handling tasks, such as converting weird file formats to more useable ones, reprojecting and querying datasets.
Below is a quick guide to getting GDAL command line utilities up and running on Ubuntu.
First of all you will need to add the UbuntuGIS repository. Using a text editor, open the file
/etc/apt/sources.list and add the following lines:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntugis/ppa/ubuntu <codename> main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntugis/ppa/ubuntu <codename> main
Next, you will need to update the list of available packages. Open a terminal and type the following:
sudo apt-get update
Once this has been done, it is possible to install any of the packages available through the UbuntuGIS repository. For a list of all available packages, see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGIS/PackageList
Alternatively, as we know we want to install GDAL, simply type the following:
apt-cache search gdal
This will bring up a list of all packages that have ‘gdal’ in the description/title. So if we type:
sudo apt-get install gdal-bin
You’re ready to start using GDAL.