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PCL (Point Cloud Library) is a standalone, large scale, open project for 2D/3D image and point cloud processing.

PCLpy adds Python bindings to PCL.


PCL is available in Puhti with following versions:

  • 1.9.1

This version includes PCLpy version 0.12.0 with Python 3.8. All included Python packages can be seen by using the command list-packages.

PCL has been compiled with Boost, Eigen, FLANN and Qhull

If you have a need for an updated version, please contact us at


PCL is included in the pcl module and can be loaded with

module load pcl

You can see all available binaries with the command

ls /appl/soft/geo/pcl/1.9.1/bin

Note, that not all PCL modules are available in PCLpy.

License and acknowledgement

PCL is released under the terms of the BSD license, and thus free for commercial and research use.

Please acknowdlege CSC and Geoportti in your publications, it is important for project continuation and funding reports. As an example, you can write "The authors wish to thank CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland (urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072531) and the Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research (Geoportti, urn:nbn:fi:research-infras-2016072513) for computational resources and support".


Last update: February 3, 2022