I am trying to programmatically access the NoData value in a raster dataset as shown in the screenshot.

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Two tools that come to mind to describe raster properties do not seem to be able to describe the NoData value: Describe and Get Raster Properties (Data Management).

How can I programmatically access (i.e. print) the NoData value of a raster?

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per comments - it seems the raster band properties contain a read-only no data property.

import arcpy

print desc.noDataValue

resulted in a value of -3.40282346639e+38 on a single bad ESRI binary grid that i had lying around.



I found the solution on an ESRI blog. The idea is to convert the raster to a raster object and then access the specific NoData value with .noDataValue.

import arcpy
arcpy.env.workspace = r'C:\temp'

rasterList = arcpy.ListRasters()

for raster in rasterList:
    rasterObj = arcpy.Raster(raster)
    noData = rasterObj.noDataValue

    print "NoData Value: %s \n" %noData
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    interesting. it might vary with the version of arc - but this says that the no data value is a read only property - perhaps only for multi-band rasters? Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 18:06
  • Good call @fluidmotion--it appearas as if the documentation is different between 10.1 and 10.2. I would be happy to accept your answer if you write it up and provide an example of the .noDataValue in action. Thanks.
    – Aaron
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 18:16

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