Language/Format: C++
Application type(s): Data Read/Write
Related project(s): CALIPSO, GLAS, GOES, METEOSAT, MODIS, MSG, Megha-Tropiques, PARASOL, POLDER


The hdfcpp library is a high level C++ library that facilitates the reading and writing of the HDF4 files in an object oriented way


In the /test directory of the package, stands a few code snippets that show how to use it.


Source can be downloaded here :
Package can be browsed here :



a C++ compiler a HDF4 library (

Environment configuration

First, edit the script and set the pathes to the HDF4 library to match your environment by updating the variables : HDFINC=<HDF4-includes-directory> , where <HDF4-includes-directory> contains the HDF4 library includes : hdf.h, mfhdf.h… HDFLIBDIR=<HDF4-libraries-directory>, where <HDF4-libraries-directory> contains the HDF4 libraries : libdf.a, libmfhdf.a If you are on the ICARE systems, you shouldn’t have to modify it, all is configured for it by default. Then execute the script to export the script variables. In bash shell, this is done by running :
> export


Configure the build step and eventually set the target installation directory (for instance –prefix=$HOME) by running :
> ./configure --prefix=<the-installation-directory>"
Build it :
> make
Install it :
> make install


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Fabrice Ducos, Nicolas Pascal,
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Author(s): Fabrice Ducos (LOA), Nicolas Pascal (ICARE)