following this guide http://www.gdal.org/frmt_msg.html I want to convert my MSG3 HRIT format files in TIFF but I get this error

gdal_translate H-00 0-MSG3__-MSG3________-IR_097___-000008___-201410281200-C_ gg.tif
ERROR 4: `H-000-MSG3__-MSG3________-IR_097___-000008___-201410281200-C_' not recognised as a supported file format.
GDALOpen failed - 4
`H-000-MSG3__-MSG3________-IR_097___-000008___-201410281200-C_' not recognised as a supported file format.

The same error I have on windows.

Can you help me?

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    Perhaps your GDAL is not built with MSG driver. Try ´gdalinfo --format MSG´ and read the response.
    – user30184
    May 29, 2015 at 10:47
  • At least OSGEO4W and gisinternals builds of GDAL do not include the MSG driver.
    – AndreJ
    May 29, 2015 at 11:03

1 Answer 1


The problem is that the filename has a space in it, and the two parts of the filename are being intepreted as two arguments. This isn't really a GDAL problem, but rather how shells work.

Try adding a quote around the filename, or just rename the file.

  • May be, but space in `H-00 0´ gives a different error message for me on Windows: FAILURE: Too many command options.
    – user30184
    May 29, 2015 at 10:45
  • OK, exactly what do you think the input filename is? What does gdalinfo for that filename (in quotes) show?
    – BradHards
    May 29, 2015 at 10:54
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    My test was rename test.tif "H-00 0-MSG3__-MSG3________-IR_097___-000 008___-201410281200-C_" and gdalinfo "H-00 0-MSG3__-MSG3________-IR_097___-000008___-2014102 81200-C_". Gdalinfo gives normal report from the renamed tiff. But by reading gdal.org/frmt_msg.html there should not be any space in H-00 0 Obviously this format has a fixed pattern for filenames.
    – user30184
    May 29, 2015 at 10:57
  • Sorry, I mixed your comment with the OP.
    – BradHards
    May 29, 2015 at 11:32

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