Re: [netcdf-java] Updating bufr tables to version 32 (current version)


updating the bufr-tables to the latest version was easy.

You can either use "BufrTables.addLookupFile" to read them from a local file or 
you simply change the files in bufr-5.0.0.jar (or toolsUI-5.0.0-patch.jar).

Using "BufrTables.addLookupFile":
- Download from
- Extract the archive to a folder
- Create a new file "tablelookup.csv" with this content:
WMO.any, 0,     0,       -1,    0,    -1,   
/path/to/BUFRCREX_32_0_0_TableB_en.xml, wmo_xml, 
/path/to/BUFR_32_0_0_TableD_en.xml, wmo_xml
- Add the new file with this line
- Read your BUFR-Files

Since ToolsUI and NCdumpW can't be fixed with the above solution, I simply 
updated their jar-files bufr-5.0.0.jar (or toolsUI-5.0.0-patch.jar):
- Download from
- Extract the archive to a folder
- Open the desired jar-archive with 7Zip
- Extract the resources\bufrTables\local\tablelookup.csv
- Replace the WMO.any-line with this one
WMO.any, 0,     0,       -1,    0,    -1,   
resource:/resources/bufrTables/wmo/BUFRCREX_32_0_0_TableB_en.xml, wmo_xml, 
resource:/resources/bufrTables/wmo/BUFR_32_0_0_TableD_en.xml, wmo_xml

- Put the file
in the jar-archive.

- Put these files
in the jar-archive.

ToolsUI and NCdumpW can now read my new bufr-files.

It would be great, if the latest bufr-tables would be added to netcdf-java. I 
could also provide a sample bufr-file.

While patching your jar-files I wondered, if all files in 
"resources\bufrTables\wmo" are still required. It looked a little bit messy to 
me in this folder.

Kind regards


> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 04. September 2019 um 14:19 Uhr
> Von: netty.jawn@xxxxxx
> An: netcdf-java@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Betreff: [netcdf-java] Updating bufr tables to version 32 (current version)
> Hi,
> thanks to John, I was able to completely read many of my bufr-files. All 
> successful read files contained a so called "sequence 309052". According to 
> "/resources/bufrTables/readme.txt" version 5.0.0 of netcdf-java contains the 
> bufr tables version 22. Details can be found here:
> Newer bufr-files, which I have to read contains the "sequence 309057". This 
> sequence is not available in version 22, but is available in the latest 
> version (32) of the bufr tables. Details here:
> Reading such new bufr-files give me the error "BUFR file has incomplete 
> tables", while using ToolsUI 5.0.0 as well as with my own reader.
> says, that you can use "BufrTables.addLookupFile("filename.csv");" to read 
> other bufr-tables. But the given documentation for the required csv-files 
> doesn't help me. For example the mode "cypher" shown in the examples is not 
> explained.
> Can you help me updating the included bufr-tables to version 32?
> Kind regards
> Netty
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