I'm looking for a way to convert several TIFFs with Worldfiles to GeoTIFFs. Is there an option using ArcGIS or Python (Arcpy)? What is the best option you could recommend?

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    – Vince
    Mar 18, 2016 at 12:46
  • @Vince this is a very specific ArcGIS question, no research is required. Every question with "best" doesn't need to set off an alarm.
    – klewis
    Mar 18, 2016 at 15:10
  • Caution: I've had strange bugs in the past where the root cause turned out to be Geotiffs with world files where the registration in the geotiff header conflicted with what was in the world file. Mar 18, 2016 at 15:10

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Have you tried ArcMap, Conversion Tools, Raster Toolset, Raster to other format? choose tif as the output. Also, I remember from ArcMap, table of contents, you can export an Image, tweak the settings. It seems ArcGIS prefers to create a Geotiff instead of tif/world file. Also with Geotiff you can assign a spatial reference.


I would recommend you to georeference the images with ArcGIS or QGIS in order to avoid distortions. If you save the outcome a world file will automatically produced next to the corrected TIFF image

  • the tiff files are already georeferenced since they have a worldfile, i would like to change the tif (with the worldfile) to a GEOTIFF using ArcMap. Is there a tool or function available?
    – Duddel
    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:24
  • In that case you could stick to the explanations given here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/87642/…
    – TobsenB
    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:45

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