The COPC Writer supports writing to COPC format files. COPC is Cloud Optimized Point Clouds, and it is a LAZ 1.4 file that is organized stored as a clustered octree.

Default Embedded Stage

This stage is enabled by default


Visit https://viewer.copc.io to view COPC files in your browser. Simply drag-n-drop the file from your desktop onto the page, or use


VLRs can be created by providing a JSON node called vlrs with objects as shown:

        "vlrs": [{
            "description": "A description under 32 bytes",
            "record_id": 42,
            "user_id": "hobu",
            "data": "dGhpcyBpcyBzb21lIHRleHQ="
            "description": "A description under 32 bytes",
            "record_id": 43,
            "user_id": "hobu",
            "filename": "path-to-my-file.input"
            "description": "A description under 32 bytes",
            "record_id": 44,
            "user_id": "hobu",
            "metadata": "metadata_keyname"


One of data, filename or metadata must be specified. Data must be specified as base64 encoded strings. The content of a file is inserted as binary. The metadata key specified must refer to a string or base64 encoded data.





Output filename. [Required]


List of header fields whose values should be preserved from a source LAS file. The option can be specified multiple times, which has the same effect as listing values separated by a comma. The following values are valid: filesource_id, global_encoding, project_id, system_id, software_id, creation_doy, creation_year, scale_x, scale_y, scale_z, offset_x, offset_y, offset_z. In addition, the special value header can be specified, which is equivalent to specifying all the values EXCEPT the scale and offset values. Scale and offset values can be forwarded as a group by using the special values scale and offset respectively. The special value all is equivalent to specifying header, scale, offset and vlr (see below). If a header option is specified explicitly, it will override any forwarded header value. If a LAS file is the result of multiple LAS input files, the header values to be forwarded must match or they will be ignored and a default will be used instead.

VLRs can be forwarded by using the special value vlr. VLRs containing the following User IDs are NOT forwarded: LASF_Projection, liblas, laszip encoded. VLRs with the User ID LASF_Spec and a record ID other than 0 or 3 are also not forwarded. These VLRs are known to contain information regarding the formatting of the data and will be rebuilt properly in the output file as necessary. Unlike header values, VLRs from multiple input files are accumulated and each is written to the output file. Forwarded VLRs may contain duplicate User ID/Record ID pairs.


String identifying the software that created this LAS file. [Default: PDAL version num (build num)]”


Number of the day of the year (January 1 == 1) this file is being created.


Year (Gregorian) this file is being created.


String identifying the system that created this LAS file. [Default: “PDAL”]


Various indicators to describe the data. See the LAS documentation. Note that PDAL will always set bit four when creating LAS version 1.4 output. [Default: 0]


UID reserved for the user [Default: Nil UID]

scale_x, scale_y, scale_z

Scale to be divided from the X, Y and Z nominal values, respectively, after the offset has been applied. The special value auto can be specified, which causes the writer to select a scale to set the stored values of the dimensions to range from [0, 2147483647]. [Default: .01]

Note: written value = (nominal value - offset) / scale.

offset_x, offset_y, offset_z

Offset to be subtracted from the X, Y and Z nominal values, respectively, before the value is scaled. The special value auto can be specified, which causes the writer to set the offset to the minimum value of the dimension. [Default: 0]

Note: written value = (nominal value - offset) / scale.


The file source id number to use for this file (a value between 0 and 65535 - 0 implies “unassigned”) [Default: 0]


Write a JSON representation of the running pipeline as a VLR.


Add VLRS specified as json. See VLRs above for details.


Number of threads to use when writing [Default: 10]


Write WKT2 and PROJJSON as VLR [Default: false]


An expression that limits points passed to a writer. Points that don’t pass the expression skip the stage but are available to subsequent stages in a pipeline. [Default: no filtering]


A strategy for merging points skipped by a ‘where’ option when running in standard mode. If true, the skipped points are added to the first point view returned by the skipped filter. If false, skipped points are placed in their own point view. If auto, skipped points are merged into the returned point view provided that only one point view is returned and it has the same point count as it did when the writer was run. [Default: auto]