Specifying the read/open driver/format with GDAL/OGR

For the commandline utilities you can’t. One possible workaround is using https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/ConfigOptions#GDAL_SKIP and https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/wiki/ConfigOptions#OGR_SKIP to blacklist drivers until the one you want is its first choice. A feature request exists at https://trac.osgeo.org/gdal/ticket/5917 but it seems that the option is not exposed as commandline option (yet?).

PS: If what you are trying to do is reading a .txt (or whatever) file as .csv and you get angry at the CSV driver only being selected if the file has a .csv extension, use CSV:yourfilename.txt

PPS: This post was motivated by not finding above information when searching the web. Hopefully this will rank high enough for *me* to find it next time. ;)

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