The ply writer writes the polygon file format, a common file format for storing three dimensional models. The rply library is included with the PDAL source, so there are no external dependencies.

Use the storage_mode option to choose the type of ply file to write. You can choose from:

  • default: write a binary ply file using your host’s byte ordering. If you do not specify a storage_mode, this is the default.
  • ascii: write an ascii file (warning: these can be HUGE).
  • little endian: write a binary ply file with little endian byte ordering.
  • big endian: write a binary ply file with big endian byte ordering.


      "storage_mode":"little endian",


ply file to write [Required]
Type of ply file to write [default: host-ordered binary]