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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:

  • 1.12.1 without PCLpy
  • 1.9.1 with PCLpy version 0.12.0 with Python 3.8.

All included Python packages can be seen by using the command list-packages.


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

module load pcl

You can see all available binaries with the command depending on the version:

ls /appl/soft/geo/pcl/1.12.1/bin
ls /appl/soft/geo/pcl/1.9.1/bin

Note, that PCL/1.9.1 includes less PCL modules.


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


Radu Bogdan Rusu and Steve Cousins, 2011: "3D is here: Point Cloud Library (PCL)" in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)


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".


PCL was installed to Puhti with Apptainer, using this PCL Apptainer definition file.


Last update: August 2, 2023