R wrapper for gdalbuildvrt: Builds a VRT from a list of datasets

gdalbuildvrt(gdalfile, output.vrt, tileindex, resolution, te, tr, tap, separate,
  b, sd, allow_projection_difference, q, addalpha, hidenodata, srcnodata,
  vrtnodata, a_srs, input_file_list, overwrite, additional_commands,
  verbose = FALSE, ...)
Character. Input files (as a character vector) or a wildcard search term (e.g. "*.tif")
Character. Output VRT file.
Logical. Use the specified value as the tile index field, instead of the default value with is 'location'.
Character. ("highest"|"lowest"|"average"|"user") In case the resolution of all input files is not the same, the -resolution flag enables the user to control the way the output resolution is computed. 'average' is the default. 'highest' will pick
Numeric. c(xmin,ymin,xmax,ymax) (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) set georeferenced extents of VRT file. The values must be expressed in georeferenced units. If not specified, the extent of the VRT is the minimum bounding box of the set of source rasters
Numeric. c(xres,yres) (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) set target resolution. The values must be expressed in georeferenced units. Both must be positive values. Specifying those values is of course incompatible with highest|lowest|average values for -re
Logical. (GDAL >= 1.8.0) (target aligned pixels) align the coordinates of the extent of the output file to the values of the -tr, such that the aligned extent includes the minimum extent.
Logical. (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) Place each input file into a separate stacked band. In that case, only the first band of each dataset will be placed into a new band. Contrary to the default mode, it is not required that all bands have the same
Numeric. (GDAL >= 1.10.0) Select an input band to be processed. Bands are numbered from 1. If input bands not set all bands will be added to vrt
Numeric. (GDAL >= 1.10.0) If the input dataset contains several subdatasets use a subdataset with the specified number (starting from 1). This is an alternative of giving the full subdataset name as an input.
Logical. (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) When this option is specified, the utility will accept to make a VRT even if the input datasets have not the same projection. Note: this does not mean that they will be reprojected. Their projection will just
Logical. (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) To disable the progress bar on the console.
Logical. (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) Adds an alpha mask band to the VRT when the source raster have none. Mainly useful for RGB sources (or grey-level sources). The alpha band is filled on-the-fly with the value 0 in areas without any source raster
Logical. (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) Even if any band contains nodata value, giving this option makes the VRT band not report the NoData. Useful when you want to control the background color of the dataset. By using along with the -addalpha option,
Character. (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) Set nodata values for input bands (different values can be supplied for each band). If more than one value is supplied all values should be quoted to keep them together as a single operating system argument. I
Character. (starting with GDAL 1.7.0) Set nodata values at the VRT band level (different values can be supplied for each band). If more than one value is supplied all values should be quoted to keep them together as a single operating system argum
Character. (starting with GDAL 1.10) Override the projection for the output file. The srs_def may be any of the usual GDAL/OGR forms, complete WKT, PROJ.4, EPSG:n or a file containing the WKT.
Character. To specify a text file with an input filename on each line.
Logical. Overwrite the VRT if it already exists.
Character. Additional commands to pass directly to ogrinfo.
Logical. Verbose execution?
Other parameters to pass to gdal_translate.

This is an R wrapper for the 'gdalbuildvrt' function that is part of the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL). It follows the parameter naming conventions of the original function, with some modifications to allow for more R-like parameters. For all parameters, the user can use a single character string following, precisely, the gdalinfo format (, or, in some cases, can use R vectors to achieve the same end.

This function assumes the user has a working GDAL on their system. If the "gdalUtils_gdalPath" option has been set (usually by gdal_setInstallation), the GDAL found in that path will be used. If nothing is found, gdal_setInstallation will be executed to attempt to find a working GDAL.


  • gdalbuildvrt
layer1 <- system.file("external/tahoe_lidar_bareearth.tif", package="gdalUtils")
layer2 <- system.file("external/tahoe_lidar_highesthit.tif", package="gdalUtils")
output.vrt <- paste(tempfile(),".vrt",sep="")
Documentation reproduced from package gdalUtils, version 0.2.0, License: GPL (>= 2)

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