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#include "itkVTKPolyDataReader.h"

#include "itkMesh.h"
#include "itkPointSet.h"

#include <string>
#include <iostream>

int main( int argc, char *argv[] )
  if (argc < 2)
    std::cout << "Usage: " << argv[0]
              << " Input(.vtk)" << std::endl;
    return EXIT_FAILURE;

  std::string InputFilename = argv[1];
  std::cout << "Input file: " << InputFilename << std::endl;
  //typedef itk::PointSet<double, 3 > PointSetType;
  //PointSetType::Pointer pointsSet = PointSetType::New();
  //typedef PointSetType::PointType PointType;
  typedef itk::Mesh<float, 3>                 MeshType;
  typedef itk::VTKPolyDataReader< MeshType >  ReaderType;

  ReaderType::Pointer  polyDataReader = ReaderType::New();

  typedef ReaderType::PointType   PointType;
  typedef ReaderType::VectorType  VectorType;

  catch( itk::ExceptionObject & excp )
    std::cerr << "Error during Update() " << std::endl;
    std::cerr << excp << std::endl;
    return EXIT_FAILURE;
  std::cout << "polyDataReader:" << std::endl;
  std::cout << polyDataReader << std::endl;

  MeshType::Pointer mesh = polyDataReader->GetOutput();

  PointType  point;

  std::cout << "Testing itk::VTKPolyDataReader" << std::endl;

  unsigned int numberOfPoints = mesh->GetNumberOfPoints();
  unsigned int numberOfCells  = mesh->GetNumberOfCells();

  std::cout << "numberOfPoints= " << numberOfPoints << std::endl;
  std::cout << "numberOfCells= " << numberOfCells << std::endl;

  if( !numberOfPoints )
    std::cerr << "ERROR: numberOfPoints= " << numberOfPoints << std::endl;
    return EXIT_FAILURE;

  if( !numberOfCells )
    std::cerr << "ERROR: numberOfCells= " << numberOfCells << std::endl;
    return EXIT_FAILURE;

  for(unsigned int i=0; i<numberOfPoints; i++)
    mesh->GetPoint(i, &point);
  // Retrieve points
  for(unsigned int i = 0; i < numberOfPoints; i++)
    PointType pp;
    bool pointExists = mesh->GetPoint(i, &pp);

      std::cout << "Point is = " << pp << std::endl;
  return EXIT_SUCCESS;


cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.9.5)


find_package(ITK REQUIRED)
if (ITKVtkGlue_LOADED)
  find_package(VTK REQUIRED)

add_executable(ReadPointSet MACOSX_BUNDLE ReadPointSet.cxx)

  target_link_libraries(ReadPointSet ITKReview ${ITK_LIBRARIES})
  target_link_libraries(ReadPointSet ${ITK_LIBRARIES})
endif( "${ITK_VERSION_MAJOR}" LESS 4 )

Download and Build ReadPointSet

Click here to download ReadPointSet and its CMakeLists.txt file. Once the tarball ReadPointSet.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd ReadPointSet/build
  • If ITK is installed:
cmake ..
  • If ITK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your ITK build:
cmake -DITK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/itk_build ..

Build the project:


and run it:


WINDOWS USERS PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to add the ITK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the ITK dll's at run time.

Building All of the Examples

Many of the examples in the ITK Wiki Examples Collection require VTK. You can build all of the the examples by following these instructions. If you are a new VTK user, you may want to try the Superbuild which will build a proper ITK and VTK.


ITK >= 4

For examples that use QuickView (which depends on VTK), you must have built ITK with Module_ITKVtkGlue=ON.

ITK < 4

Some of the ITK Examples require VTK to display the images. If you download the entire ITK Wiki Examples Collection, the ItkVtkGlue directory will be included and configured. If you wish to just build a few examples, then you will need to download ItkVtkGlue and build it. When you run cmake it will ask you to specify the location of the ItkVtkGlue binary directory.