It seems I have a similar problem to GeoTIFF world file ignored by QGIS?

QGIS doesn't import my ground-layer tiff-files correctly, because I have the geo data in an extra tfw-file.

Now I want to delete all gdal-metadata in a bunch of tiff files.

Is there a Linux command line tool for this?


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With gdal_translate

gdal_translate -of GTiff -co PROFILE=BASELINE input_geotiff.tif output_clean.tif

http://www.gdal.org/frmt_gtiff.html http://www.gdal.org/gdal_translate.html

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    And after running the above command, don't forget to delete the gdal_translate generated *.aux.xml file if you need to get rid of metainfo completely. Mar 11, 2021 at 20:23

You could try Imagemagick mogrify:

mogrify -strip *.tiff
  • I got an error mogrify: Unknown field with tag 42112 (0xa480) encountered. `TIFFReadDirectory' @ warning/tiff.c/TIFFWarnings/896. [n is that bad? anyway, this didn't solve my problem
    – rubo77
    Nov 18, 2016 at 22:23
  • You can use identify -verbose image.tif to see if the metadata is gone. Apart from that there's exiftool to manipulate metadata, but i've never used it. Nov 19, 2016 at 9:28

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