I'm trying to extract the world coordinates of a cutline (clipping polygon) in a GDAL VRT file. Unfortunately, the cutline is stored in image coordinates (pixels), and i could not find the right method to transform it into world coordinates.

The following python functions didn't help:

def Pixel2world(geoMatrix, x, y):
  ulX = geoMatrix[0]
  ulY = geoMatrix[3]
  xDist = geoMatrix[1]
  yDist = geoMatrix[5]
  coorX = (ulX + (x * xDist))
  coorY = (ulY + (y * yDist))
  return (coorX, coorY)

def Pixel2coord(geoMatrix, x, y):
  """Returns global coordinates from pixel x, y coords"""
  xoff, a, b, yoff, d, e = geoMatrix
  xp = a * x + b * y + xoff
  yp = d * x + e * y + yoff
  return(xp, yp)


print Pixel2coord(gt,1000,1000) #=> Returns wrong coordinates
print Pixel2world(gt,1000,1000) #=> Returns wrong coordinates

BTW: due to a coordinate transformation inside the VRT from EPSG:31255 to EPSG:3857, the resulting image is shifted and rotated. And (geoMatrix[0],geoMatrix[3]) does contain the upper left corner of the cutted image and not the uncutted one.

Has anyone successfully extracted a VRT cutline in world coordinates?


The image/raster coordinates of a point x,y (world coordinates) are

gt = (263104.72544800001, 10.002079999999999, 0.0, 155223.647811, 0.0, -10.002079999999999)
x,y  = (263220.5,155110.6)
rasterx = (x - gt[0]) / gt[1]
rastery = (y - gt[3]) / gt[5]
print rasterx,rastery
11.5750475901 11.3024301945

This allows to extract the value of the pixel at coordinate x, y (a = number of band 1,2, 3)

layer.GetRasterBand(a).ReadAsArray(int(rasterx),int(rastery), 1, 1)

Therefore, if you have the image coordinates (rasterx, rastery)

x = rasterx * gt[1] + gt[0]
y = rastery * gt[5] + gt[3]
print x, y
263220.5 155110.6
  • Maybe that's correct for images/rasters that are not clipped. But for my VRT cutline it doesn't work. (gt[0],gt[3]) is not the origin of the original image, it's the origin of the clipped image. And the cutline seems to have the original image coordinates. – christoph Feb 11 '16 at 9:45

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