PDAL contains consists of a single application, called pdal. Applications are run by invoking the pdal application along with the command name:

$ pdal info myfile.las
$ pdal translate input.las output.las
$ pdal pipeline --stdin < myxml.xml

Help for each command can be retrieved via the --help switch. The --drivers and --options switches can tell you more about particular drivers and their options:

$ pdal info --help
$ pdal translate --drivers
$ pdal pipeline --options writers.las

Additional driver-specific options may be specified by using a namespace-prefixed option name. For example, it is possible to set the LAS day of year at translation time with the following option:

$ pdal translate \
    --writers.las.creation_doy="42" \
    input.las \


Driver specific options can be identified using the pdal info --options invocation.