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LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing

2019.06.04

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LAStools is a collection of highly efficient, batch-scriptable, multicore command line tools. It includes tools to classify, tile, convert, filter, raster, triangulate, contour, clip, and polygonize LiDAR data (to name just a few functions). All of the tools can also be run via a native GUI and are available as a LiDAR processing toolboxes for ArcGIS versions 9.3, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, or 10.3, for QGIS versions 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, or 2.10, and for ERDAS IMAGINE versions 14.0 and 15.1.

LAStools is the fastest and most memory efficient solution for batch-scripted multi-core LiDAR processing and can turn billions of LiDAR points into useful products at blazing speeds and with low memory requirements.

Included in LAStools is the open-source LiDAR compressor, LASzip, which is the de facto industry standard for compressed LiDAR.

License note

There are TWO parts to LAStools. One part is OPEN source (LGPL 2.1). The other part is CLOSED source and requires licensing for most commercial or government use. For education and evaluation purposes you can use and test LAStools as much as you need to.

To install LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install lastools

To upgrade LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade lastools

Files

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  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'  # stop on all errors
    
    $url      = 'http://www.cs.unc.edu/~isenburg/lastools/download/LAStools.zip'
    $CheckSum = '5f79212b1972445dbac32ca6fcb7dd4d9b5da268414a854d4c0df62e324b9b40'
    
    $ZipArgs = @{
       PackageName   = 'lastools'
       Url           = $url
       Checksum      = $CheckSum
       ChecksumType  = 'sha256'
       UnzipLocation = Split-Path (Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    }
    
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @ZipArgs
    
    $exes = Get-ChildItem $ZipArgs.UnzipLocation -filter *.exe -Recurse |select -ExpandProperty fullname
    $txts = Get-ChildItem $ZipArgs.UnzipLocation -filter *.txt -Recurse |select -ExpandProperty fullname
    
    foreach ($exe in $exes) {
       if ($txts -notcontains ($exe.trim('.exe') + '_README.txt')) {
          New-Item "$exe.ignore" -Type file -Force | Out-Null
       }
    }
    
    $GUI = (Get-ChildItem $ZipArgs.UnzipLocation -filter lastool.exe -Recurse).fullname
    New-Item "$GUI.gui" -Type file -Force | Out-Null
    
    $ShortcutArgs = @{
       ShortcutFilePath = Join-Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath('Desktop')) 'LASTool.lnk'
       TargetPath = $GUI
    }
    
    Install-ChocolateyShortcut @ShortcutArgs
    
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'lastools'
    
    $shortcut = Join-Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath('Desktop')) 'LAStool.lnk'
    if (Test-Path $shortcut) {
        Write-Verbose 'Found the desktop shortcut. Deleting it...'
        Remove-Item $shortcut
    }
    
    # This avoids having to modify uninstall if the zip install file changes names
    $installedZipFile = (Get-ChildItem $env:chocolateyPackageFolder -filter '*.zip.txt').name.trim('.txt')
    
    Uninstall-ChocolateyZipPackage  $packageName $installedZipFile
    

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Dependencies

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Martin Isenburg

Copyright

Copyright © 2007-2015, rapidlasso GmbH

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Release Notes

http://www.cs.unc.edu/~isenburg/lastools/download/CHANGES.txt

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.05.07 20 Thursday, May 16, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.04.17 21 Tuesday, April 30, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.04.04 31 Monday, April 8, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.03.21 26 Saturday, March 23, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.03.06 26 Saturday, March 16, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.02.21 38 Saturday, February 23, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.01.27 45 Friday, February 8, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.01.14 50 Saturday, January 19, 2019 approved
LAStools software suite for LiDAR processing 2019.01.05 42 Sunday, January 6, 2019 approved
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