easy processing and analysis of geographic and projected rasters in Python

pip install georaster==1.25


GeoRaster - easy use of geographic rasters in Python

This package makes it easy to load, query and save geographic raster datasets in the Python programming language. The package uses Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL, http://www.gdal.org/) bindings, and so in a single command can import any geo-referenced dataset that is understood by GDAL (http://www.gdal.org/formats_list.html), complete with all geo-referencing information and various helper functions.

GeoRaster is compatible with Python 2.4-3.x. It requires GDAL and its Python bindings to be installed in your environment.

There are two basic types of raster: either a single-band dataset, which you load into a SingleBandRaster object, or a dataset containing multiple bands to be loaded, which you load into a MultiBandRaster object.

There is also an 'advanced' option where you can load a raster dataset, manually specifying your geo-referencing information. See example below.


conda install -c conda-forge georaster

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Before doing anything you must import the package.

import georaster

The examples below also require matplotlib:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

Load a GeoTIFF with a single band of data

Load the image with a single command:

my_image = georaster.SingleBandRaster('myfile.tif')

The single data band is loaded into the r attribute of my_image. Use the extent attribute of the my_image object to set the coordinates of the plotted image:


Single band of data, loading a subset area of the image

In lat/lon (WGS84) - note that this will also set the class georeferencing information to match (i.e. self.nx, .yx, .extent, .xoffset, .yoffset):

my_image = georaster.SingleBandRaster('myfile.tif',load_data=(lonll,lonur,latll,latur),latlon=True)

Or in projection system of the image:

my_image = georaster.SingleBandRaster('myfile.tif',load_data=

Just get the georeferencing info, without also loading data into memory

Each class works as a wrapper to the GDAL API. A raster dataset can be loaded without needing to load the actual data as well, which is useful for querying geo-referencing information without memory overheads. Simply set the load_data flag to False:

my_image = georaster.SingleBandRaster('myfile.tif',load_data=False)

(See the 'Accessing geo-referencing information' section below for informtation on srs)

Raster dataset with multiple bands, load just one band

For example, load GDAL band 2:

my_image = georaster.MultiBandRaster('myfile.tif',band=2)

Raster dataset with multiple bands, loading all bands

my_image = georaster.MultiBandRaster('myfile.tif')

Raster dataset with multiple bands, loading just a couple of them

my_image = georaster.MultiBandRaster('myfile.tif',bands=[1,3])

Load dataset, providing your own geo-referencing

from osgeo import osr
spatial_ref = osr.SpatialReference()
# This georef example is from http://nsidc.org/data/docs/daac/nsidc0092_greenland_ice_thickness.gd.html
spatial_ref.ImportFromProj4('+proj=stere +lat_0=90 +lat_ts=71 +lon_0=-39 +k=1 +x_0=0 +y_0=0 +datum=WGS84 +units=m +no_defs')    
my_image = georaster.SingleBandRaster('myfile.tif',

Accessing and using geo-referencing information

Once an image is loaded, the object provides the following attributes:

  • Raster.ds : the GDAL handle to the dataset, which provides access to all GDAL functions - see http://www.gdal.org/classGDALDataset.html

  • Raster.srs : an OGR Spatial Reference object representation of the dataset - see http://www.gdal.org/classOGRSpatialReference.html

  • Raster.proj : a pyproj coordinate conversion function between the dataset coordinate system and WGS84 (latitude/longitude)

  • Raster.extent : a tuple of the corners of the dataset in its native coordinate system as (left, right, bottom, top).

  • Raster.nx, ny : x and y sizes of the loaded raster area.

  • Raster.xres, yres : x and y pixel resolution of loaded raster area.

  • Raster.x0, y0 : the pixel offsets in x and y of the loaded area. These will be zero unless a subset area has been loaded (using load_data=(tuple)).

  • Raster.get_extent_latlon() : returns WGS84 (lat/lon) extent of raster as tuple.

  • Raster.get_extent_projected(pyproj_obj) : returns raster extent in the coordinate system specified by the pyproj object (e.g. provide a Basemap instance).

  • Raster.coord_to_px(x,y,latlon=True/False) : convert x,y coodinates into raster pixel coordinates.

  • Raster.coordinates() : return projected or geographic coordinates of the whole image (or, with optional arguments, a subset of the image)


Official documentation will shortly be hosted on ReadTheDocs.

Get in touch

  • Report bugs, suggest features or view the code on GitHub.


GeoRaster was initially developed by Andrew Tedstone in 2013 whilst at the University of Edinburgh. Andrew Tedstone and Amaury Dehecq continue to develop and maintain the package. GeoRaster was made publicly available in January 2016.


GeoRaster is licenced under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPLv3).