Crate shapefile[][src]

Read & Write Shapefile in Rust

A shapefile is in reality a collection of 3 mandatory files:

  • .shp (feature geometry aka shapes)
  • .shx (index of feature geometry)
  • .dbf (attribute information, aka records)

As different shapefiles can store different type of shapes (but one shapefile can only store the same type of shapes) This library provide two ways of reading the shapes:

  1. Reading as Shape and then do a match to handle the different shapes
  2. Reading directly as concrete shapes (ie Polyline, PolylineZ, Point, etc) this of course only works if the file actually contains shapes that matches the requested type

Shapefiles shapes

The Point, PointM and PointZ are the base data types of shapefiles, the other shapes (Polyline, Multipoint, …) are collections of these type of points with different semantics (multiple parts or no, closed parts or no, …)

With the exception of the Multipatch shape, each shape as a variant for each type of point. (Multipatch always uses PointZ) Eg: For the polyline, there is Polyline, PolylineM, PolylineZ


For more details see the reader module


To write a file see the writer module


The geo-types feature can be enabled to have access to From and TryFrom implementations allowing to convert (or try to) back and forth between shapefile’s type and the one in geo_types


pub extern crate dbase;
pub use reader::read;
pub use reader::read_as;
pub use reader::read_shapes;
pub use reader::read_shapes_as;
pub use reader::Reader;
pub use reader::ShapeReader;
pub use record::Multipatch;
pub use record::convert_shapes_to_vec_of;
pub use record::HasShapeType;
pub use record::ReadableShape;
pub use record::Multipoint;
pub use record::MultipointM;
pub use record::MultipointZ;
pub use record::Patch;
pub use record::Shape;
pub use record::NO_DATA;
pub use record::Point;
pub use record::PointM;
pub use record::PointZ;
pub use record::Polygon;
pub use record::PolygonM;
pub use record::PolygonRing;
pub use record::PolygonZ;
pub use record::Polyline;
pub use record::PolylineM;
pub use record::PolylineZ;
pub use writer::ShapeWriter;
pub use writer::Writer;



Reader module, contains the definitions of the types that a user should use to read a file


Shape records


Module with the definition of the Writer that allows writing shapefile





All Errors that can happen when using this library


The enum for the ShapeType as defined in the specification