GeoDjango Export KML to CSV

We will create a python scripts to parse a KML to CSV file. We use the external shared libraries GEOS and GDAL in GeoDjango to perform.

GEOS is a C++ library for performing geometric operations, and is the default internal geometry representation used by GeoDjango.

GDAL stands for Geospatial Data Abstraction Library, and is a veritable “Swiss army knife” of GIS data functionality.

Import Libraries

from django.contrib.gis.gdal import DataSource
from django.contrib.gis.geos import GEOSGeometry
import csv
  • DataSource is a wrapper for the OGR data source object that supports reading data from a variety of OGR-supported geospatial file formats and data sources using a simple, consistent interface.
  • GEOSGeometry is the base class for all GEOS geometry objects.
  • csv implements classes to read and write tabular data in CSV format.

Append data to CSV File

Make a function which append the new row to CSV file.

def writerow_append_csv(csvfile, row):
with open(csvfile, "a") as output:
writer = csv.writer(output, lineterminator='\n')

Make a function extracting the layer features (layer_name, geom_type, Name, description) from GDAL DataSource. We only get GEOM type name starts with Point and LineString. Then use writerow_append_csv function to write features to CSV file.

def write_layer_features_to_csv(layer):
for feat in layer:
r_point = []
r_point += [feat.layer_name,,
# write point to csv
writerow_append_csv(pointsFile, r_point)
line_string = []
line_string += [feat.layer_name,,
# write line string to csv
writerow_append_csv(lineStringsFile, line_string)
print(, feat.get('Name'))

Iteration via DataSource Layer

pointsFile = "points.csv"
lineStringsFile = "lineStrings.csv"

# define the column header of csv
header = ['layer_name', 'geom_type', 'coords', 'name', 'description']
for csvfile in [pointsFile, lineStringsFile]:
with open(csvfile, "w") as output:
writer = csv.writer(output, lineterminator='\n')
source = DataSource('MEA.kml')

# iteration via layer in source if found Point or lineStrings writer it to csv file
for layer in source:

Originally published at on July 3, 2018.