laspy: Python library for lidar LAS/LAZ IO.

LAS (and it’s compressed counterpart LAZ), is a popular format for lidar pointcloud and full waveform, laspy reads and writes these formats and provides a Python API via Numpy Arrays.


laspy 2.0 is out, it has some changes and improvements over 1.x.


In 2018 a new python libray to manage LAS/LAZ file was created under the name of pylas as improving the laspy code base seemed to big of a challenge.

However today, the current plan is to merge pylas back into laspy and release it as the version 2.0 of laspy.

As the bump in major version suggests, there are important changes that will require user code to be changed. These changes should be easy to apply and hopefully the improvements are worth the adaptation.

If there are some regressions do no hesitate to open an issue on Github

See Installation to see how to install the new version.

See Migration guides to get informations on how to update your code.

And look at the rest of the documentation.

Here is an example of reading in LAZ data and getting some simple summaries of the pointcloud:

import numpy as np
import laspy

with'laspytests/data/simple.laz') as fh:
    print('Points from Header:', fh.header.point_count)
    las =
    print('Points from data:', len(las.points))
    ground_pts = las.classification == 2
    bins, counts = np.unique(las.return_number[ground_pts], return_counts=True)
    print('Ground Point Return Number distribution:')
    for r,c in zip(bins,counts):
        print('    {}:{}'.format(r,c))

Would output:

Points from Header: 1065
<LasData(1.2, point fmt: <PointFormat(3)>, 1065 points, 0 vlrs)>
Points from data: 1065
Ground Point Return Number distribution:

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