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Click params for commmand line interfaces to GeoJSON

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Common arguments and options for GeoJSON processing commands, using Click.

cligj is for Python developers who create command line interfaces for geospatial data. cligj allows you to quickly build consistent, well-tested and interoperable CLIs for handling GeoJSON.


files_in_arg Multiple files

files_inout_arg Multiple files, last of which is an output file.

features_in_arg GeoJSON Features input which accepts multiple representations of GeoJSON features and returns the input data as an iterable of GeoJSON Feature-like dictionaries





JSON formatting options



Coordinate precision option


Geographic (default), projected, or Mercator switch




Feature collection or feature sequence switch



GeoJSON output mode option



def geojson_type_bbox_opt


Here’s an example of a command that writes out GeoJSON features as a collection or, optionally, a sequence of individual features. Since most software that reads and writes GeoJSON expects a text containing a single feature collection, that’s the default, and a LF-delimited sequence of texts containing one GeoJSON feature each is a feature that is turned on using the --sequence option. To write sequences of feature texts that conform to the JSON Text Sequences proposed standard (and might contain pretty-printed JSON) with the ASCII Record Separator (0x1e) as a delimiter, use the --rs option

import click
import cligj
import json

def process_features(features):
    for feature in features:
        # TODO process feature here
        yield feature

def pass_features(features, sequence, use_rs):
    if sequence:
        for feature in process_features(features):
            if use_rs:
                click.echo(u'\x1e', nl=False)
            {'type': 'FeatureCollection',
             'features': list(process_features(features))}))

On the command line, the generated help text explains the usage

Usage: pass_features [OPTIONS] FEATURES...

--sequence / --no-sequence  Write a LF-delimited sequence of texts
                            containing individual objects or write a single
                            JSON text containing a feature collection object
                            (the default).
--rs / --no-rs              Use RS (0x1E) as a prefix for individual texts
                            in a sequence as per
                            /draft-ietf-json-text-sequence-13 (default is
--help                      Show this message and exit.

And can be used like this

$ cat data.geojson
{'type': 'FeatureCollection', 'features': [{'type': 'Feature', 'id': '1'}, {'type': 'Feature', 'id': '2'}]}

$ pass_features data.geojson
{'type': 'FeatureCollection', 'features': [{'type': 'Feature', 'id': '1'}, {'type': 'Feature', 'id': '2'}]}

$ cat data.geojson | pass_features
{'type': 'FeatureCollection', 'features': [{'type': 'Feature', 'id': '1'}, {'type': 'Feature', 'id': '2'}]}

$ cat data.geojson | pass_features --sequence
{'type': 'Feature', 'id': '1'}
{'type': 'Feature', 'id': '2'}

$ cat data.geojson | pass_features --sequence --rs
^^{'type': 'Feature', 'id': '1'}
^^{'type': 'Feature', 'id': '2'}

In this example, ^^ represents 0x1e.

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