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I'm looking for a tool or a plug-in for QGIS that would allow me to shift rasters to new coordinates. An equivalent of ArcGIS' Shift tool would be the best option.

I know I can edit the world file that comes along with the raster to do this, but some raster formats (like geotiff) contain their metadata inside their binary format.

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The Rasmover plugin should do what you want.

You have to allow for experimental plugins to get it in the plugin list.

The result is a virtual raster file, which you can edit with a text editor to adjust the parameters if needed.

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  • Thanks, it's not exactly what I had in mind, but this actually works. You can later save the edited vrt as a normal, standalone raster. I wish this plugin had a dialog window where you could input new coordinates.
    – pg85
    Jan 28 '15 at 7:56
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I just used this in R and it solved the problem.

Page 195 from https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/raster/raster.pdf (use table of contents for quick access)

r <- raster()
r <- shift(r, x=1, y=-1)

Edit: Updated the link

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  • Link is broken - please update Feb 1 '19 at 5:20
  • Updated from official R docs. (Glad it's still being used!)
    – dTanMan
    Feb 20 '19 at 10:29
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For this job I am satisfied with QGIS plugin Freehand Raster Georeferencer. Allows these simple operations in an user friendly GUI: Move, Rotate, Scale, Adjust sides, 2 Points referencer.

Final export consists of three files: TIF, WorldFile (.tfw) and additional information (e.g. projection, etc.) into auxiliary file (.aux.xml).

I usually merge three files into a GeoTIFF e.g. with GDAL. I also strongly recommend to apply some compression method (the result from the Plugin is uncompressed), e.g.

gdal_translate -of GTiff -co COMPRESS=DEFLATE input.tif output.tif

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    The plugin is not outputing a tif file. Only tfw.
    – wondim
    Jun 16 at 5:40

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