KmzExport - Image to KMZ Export

Export the input image in a KMZ product.

Detailed description

This application exports the input image in a kmz product that can be display in the Google Earth software. The user can set the size of the product size, a logo and a legend to the product. Furthemore, to obtain a product that fits the relief, a DEM can be used.


This section describes in details the parameters available for this application. Table [1] presents a summary of these parameters and the parameters keys to be used in command-line and programming languages. Application key is KmzExport .

[1]Table: Parameters table for Image to KMZ Export.
Parameter Key Parameter Name Parameter Type
in Input image Input image
out Output .kmz product Output File name
tilesize Tile Size Int
logo Image logo Input image
legend Image legend Input image
elev Elevation management Group
elev.dem DEM directory Directory
elev.geoid Geoid File Input File name
elev.default Default elevation Float
inxml Load otb application from xml file XML input parameters file
outxml Save otb application to xml file XML output parameters file

Input image: Input image.

Output .kmz product: Output Kmz product directory (with .kmz extension).

Tile Size: Size of the tiles in the kmz product, in number of pixels (default = 512).

Image logo: Path to the image logo to add to the KMZ product.

Image legend: Path to the image legend to add to the KMZ product.

[Elevation management]: This group of parameters allows managing elevation values. Supported formats are SRTM, DTED or any geotiff. DownloadSRTMTiles application could be a useful tool to list/download tiles related to a product.

  • DEM directory: This parameter allows selecting a directory containing Digital Elevation Model files. Note that this directory should contain only DEM files. Unexpected behaviour might occurs if other images are found in this directory.
  • Geoid File: Use a geoid grid to get the height above the ellipsoid in case there is no DEM available, no coverage for some points or pixels with no_data in the DEM tiles. A version of the geoid can be found on the OTB website(
  • Default elevation: This parameter allows setting the default height above ellipsoid when there is no DEM available, no coverage for some points or pixels with no_data in the DEM tiles, and no geoid file has been set. This is also used by some application as an average elevation value.

Load otb application from xml file: Load otb application from xml file.

Save otb application to xml file: Save otb application to xml file.


To run this example in command-line, use the following:

otbcli_KmzExport -in qb_RoadExtract2.tif -out otbKmzExport.kmz -logo otb_big.png

To run this example from Python, use the following code snippet:


# Import the otb applications package
import otbApplication

# The following line creates an instance of the KmzExport application
KmzExport = otbApplication.Registry.CreateApplication("KmzExport")

# The following lines set all the application parameters:
KmzExport.SetParameterString("in", "qb_RoadExtract2.tif")

KmzExport.SetParameterString("out", "otbKmzExport.kmz")

KmzExport.SetParameterString("logo", "otb_big.png")

# The following line execute the application




This application has been written by OTB-Team.

See Also

These additional resources can be useful for further information: