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Library to read SOSI files in Javascript


This is just an attempt to see if it's possible to parse SOSI-files at all in javascript without too much hassle. The data/testfile.sos is the example file found in the document "SOSI standard - versjon 4.5 Del 1: Realisering i SOSI-format og GML" (pdf).

There will obviously be some shortcuts, so the goals are as follows:

  • Focus on utf-8 SOSI documents
  • Defer the axis ordering issue
  • get the following geometry-types to work
    • PUNKT
    • KURVE
    • FLATE
    • TRASE (perhaps)
  • ignore the rest for now
  • use SRID instead of the sosi-specific codes
  • lightweight
  • good test coverage
  • learn a bit more about the format
  • output features as either:
    • geoJSON (implemented)
    • TopoJSON (implemented)
    • OpenLayers (2 or 3) features
    • Leaflet Layers
  • ignore backwards compability


The dist folder contains two versions of sosi.js:

  • SOSI.js (and SOSI.min.js)
  • SOSI_lite.js (and SOSI_lite.min.js)

The difference (and hence the file size difference) stems from the fact that the full version includes a lookup table to translate the SOSI attribute names into their logical names according to the specification (Thanks to Thomas Hirsch). If this is unimportant for you, you can save about 85K in minified size by choosing the SOSI_lite.min.js version.




//create a parser
var parser = new SOSI.Parser();

//parse SOSI-data (must be a newline-separated string!)
var sosidata = parser.parse(my_data);

//get the "hode"
var hode = sosidata.hode;
var srid = hode.srid; //get srid
var bbox = hode.bbox; //get bbox

//get number of features
var num_features = sosidata.features.length();

//get all features
var features = sosidata.features.all();

//get all features in the order they appear in the SOSI file
var features = sosidata.features.all(true);

//get feature by index
var feature1 =; //0-indexed

//get feature by ID:
var feature1 = sosidata.features.getById(200);

//get as GeoJSON
var geojson = sosidata.dumps("geojson");

//get as TopoJSON (non-quantized for now)
var geojson = sosidata.dumps("topojson", "name_of_objects");


  • checkout the project $ npm install $ grunt

Running tests

$ buster-server &
Now open browser to http://localhost:1111 and click «Capture slave»
$ buster-test


The only hard dependency is underscore.js (although jQuery is used for the tests and leaflet and backbone is used for the example) Optional support for proj4js (loads the proj4 definitions for CRSes known to sosi.js)


All contributions welcome! If you speak SOSI and Javascript fluently you are more than welcome to take over. Otherwise, send pull requests or ask for commit privileges. If you by chance have any SOSI files that are freely usable I'd appreciate some input so that the test set can be expanded.


In addition to myself (atlefren) some people have contributed code and/or input to this project:

  • Thomas Hirsch (relet)
  • Torbjørn Auglænd Vilhelmsen (torbjvi)
  • SigTill
  • Marvin Bredal Lillehaug (computerlove)


This lib must not be used for critical applications, as the test set is rather limited.

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