Fiona is OGR's neater API – sleek elegance on the outside, unstoppable OGR(e) on the inside.
Fiona provides a smoother and more productive Python interface to the open source GIS community's most trusted geodata access library; doing for libgdal what lxml does for libxml2. Fiona integrates readily with other Python GIS packages such as pyproj, Rtree, and Shapely.
Fiona requires libgdal 1.3.2+.
Building and testing
From the distribution root:
$ virtualenv . $ python setup.py test
or if you have nose:
$ virtualenv . $ python setup.py develop $ nosetests tests
If you have ogr.py installed, you can compare performance to Fiona:
$ python benchmark.py
See docs/reading-data.txt for examples.