I am trying to access the pixel data in all bands from a raster layer in QGIS from the Python Console. I have looked at several online resources including


but for the life of me I cannot get the code supplied by the cookbook to work. I have loaded an image in QGIS and it looks fine, using the reported x and y values (-757742.961, -3827190.956) from a point in the image. I come up with the following code:

ident = layers[0].dataProvider().identify(QgsPoint(-757742.961, -3827190.956), QgsRaster.IdentifyFormatValue) 

where I know layers[0] is referencing the right data because layers[0].name() returns the layer name. the very large negative numbers on the QgisPoint seem weird to me, but I am assuming that they are coordinates in the mapped space. the values that get returned from

print ident.results()


{1: None, 2: None, 3: None, 4: None}

I would like to know why I cannot get the raster band values with this code, and if there is a quick way to correct the code. If anybody can offer a little insight into the large x and y values as well that would be great.

CRS data for the image: CRS: WGS84 / UTM zone 37N | Authority ID: 32637

  • That's strange, according to this post (How to extract X Y coordinates and RGB from pixels using python in QGIS?) this should work. What is your layer's CRS?
    – ArMoraer
    Commented Apr 13, 2016 at 14:51
  • CRS: WGS84 / UTM zone 37N | Authority ID: 32637. I saw that post and tried it earlier without any luck. Commented Apr 13, 2016 at 14:54
  • If you are using EPSG:32637, there's probably something wrong with your coordinates (-757742.961, -3827190.956). How did you get them? Is your project's CRS the same as your layer's CRS?
    – ArMoraer
    Commented Apr 13, 2016 at 14:58
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    bingo. the CRS was set from the original image I drug into QGIS, when I reset the project CRS to the image I was looking at's CRS the X and Y values changed and then I was able to pull out out reasonable values for all bands. If you will place this comment as an answer, I'll accept it. thanks for the help. Commented Apr 13, 2016 at 15:04

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(Ok then!)

To add a few more details: UTM coordinates are usually positive, and limited to a certain range. In your case (WGS84 / UTM zone 37N (EPSG:32637)), x range is 166021.4431 to 833978.5569, and y range is 0 to 9329005.1825. Your coordinates seems widely out of bounds, although technically not impossible (that's what put me on the track). Moreover, the result you get {1: None, 2: None, 3: None, 4: None} suggest that you are trying to access a point out of the image.

A frequent source of error in such cases is a layer vs. project CRS mismatch. The coordinates displayed on QGIS' bottom bar depend on the project's CRS. The identify() method locates pixels according to the layer's CRS. Thus, if both CRS are different, you are likely to query a wrong point.

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