I tried to open a georeferenced geotiff created in ArcGIS for Desktop in QGIS.

I could open them, but they are not in the right spot.

These raster datasets contains .aux .rrd .tfwx .tif.aux.xml .tif.xml and .tif files. I can open them in ArcMap without problem.

Am I missing something?

  • Thank you for answering my question, AndreJ. But I couldn't open images correctly..
    – forest
    Oct 16, 2014 at 23:29
  • I checked some similar Q and A, and I removed the x from the tfwx files. Then I could open them in QGIS.
    – forest
    Oct 17, 2014 at 0:31

2 Answers 2


Under Settings -> Options, CRS tab, enable Prompt for CRS for new layers.

Then you will be asked explicitely for the CRS, which should be the same as you georeferenced to in Arcgis.

You might get a datum shift of up to 100m, as this is not stored by Arcgis. But QGIS has bundled the shift with the common projection definitions.


With the georeferencing toolbar click rectify create a new tif.import that into QGIS

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