info

Displays information about a point cloud file, such as:

  • basic properties (extents, number of points, point format)
  • coordinate reference system
  • additional metadata
  • summary statistics about the points
  • the plain text format should be reStructured text if possible to allow a user to retransform the output into whatever they want with ease
$ pdal info <input>
--input, -i               Input file name
--all                     Dump statistics, schema and metadata
--point, -p               Point to dump --point="1-5,10,100-200" (0 indexed)
--query                   Return points in order of distance from the
    specified location (2D or 3D) --query Xcoord,Ycoord[,Zcoord][/count]
--stats                   Dump stats on all points (reads entire dataset)
--boundary                Compute a hexagonal hull/boundary of dataset
--dimensions              Dimensions on which to compute statistics
--schema                  Dump the schema
--pipeline-serialization  Output filename for pipeline serialization
--summary                 Dump summary of the info
--metadata                Dump file metadata info
--stdin, -s               Read a pipeline file from standard input

If no options are provided, --stats is assumed.

Example 1:

$ pdal info  test/data/las/1.2-with-color.las \
    --query="636601.87, 849018.59, 425.10"
{
  "0":
  {
    "Blue": 134,
    "Classssification": 1,
    "EdgeOfFlightLine": 0,
    "GpsTime": 245383.38808001476,
    "Green": 104,
    "Intensity": 124,
    "NumberOfReturns": 1,
    "PointSourceId": 7326,
    "Red": 134,
    "ReturnNumber": 1,
    "ScanAngleRank": -4,
    "ScanDirectionFlag": 1,
    "UserData": 126,
    "X": 636601.87,
    "Y": 849018.59999999998,
    "Z": 425.10000000000002
  },
  "1":
  {
    "Blue": 134,
    "Classification": 2,
    "EdgeOfFlightLine": 0,
    "GpsTime": 246099.17323102333,
    "Green": 106,
    "Intensity": 153,
    "NumberOfReturns": 1,
    "PointSourceId": 7327,
    "Red": 143,
    "ReturnNumber": 1,
    "ScanAngleRank": -10,
    "ScanDirectionFlag": 1,
    "UserData": 126,
    "X": 636606.76000000001,
    "Y": 849053.94000000006,
    "Z": 425.88999999999999
  },
  ...

Example 2:

$ pdal info test/data/1.2-with-color.las -p 0-10
{
  "filename": "../../test/data/las/1.2-with-color.las",
  "pdal_version": "PDAL 1.0.0.b1 (116d7d) with GeoTIFF 1.4.1 GDAL 1.11.2 LASzip 2.2.0",
  "points":
  {
    "point":
    [
      {
        "Blue": 88,
        "Classification": 1,
        "EdgeOfFlightLine": 0,
        "GpsTime": 245380.78254962614,
        "Green": 77,
        "Intensity": 143,
        "NumberOfReturns": 1,
        "PointId": 0,
        "PointSourceId": 7326,
        "Red": 68,
        "ReturnNumber": 1,
        "ScanAngleRank": -9,
        "ScanDirectionFlag": 1,
        "UserData": 132,
        "X": 637012.23999999999,
        "Y": 849028.31000000006,
        "Z": 431.66000000000003
      },
      {
        "Blue": 68,
        "Classification": 1,
        "EdgeOfFlightLine": 0,
        "GpsTime": 245381.45279923646,
        "Green": 66,
        "Intensity": 18,
        "NumberOfReturns": 2,
        "PointId": 1,
        "PointSourceId": 7326,
        "Red": 54,
        "ReturnNumber": 1,
        "ScanAngleRank": -11,
        "ScanDirectionFlag": 1,
        "UserData": 128,
        "X": 636896.32999999996,
        "Y": 849087.70000000007,
        "Z": 446.38999999999999
      },
      ...