After searching through GeoTools documentation and following their tutorials, I have failed to find a class that can convert images to different format (for example translate a .tif to .jpg).

Does GeoTools have a Translate function, like GDAL, in some other git repository?

  • No, you just read them in and then write them out in the new format
    – Ian Turton
    Aug 9 '17 at 21:40

You can use something like:

   AbstractGridFormat format = GridFormatFinder.findFormat(input);
    //working around a bug/quirk in geotiff loading via format.getReader which doesn't set this
    Hints hints = null;
    if (format instanceof GeoTiffFormat) {
        hints = new Hints(Hints.FORCE_LONGITUDE_FIRST_AXIS_ORDER,Boolean.TRUE);

    AbstractGridCoverage2DReader reader = format.getReader(input,hints);
    GridCoverage2D grid = reader.read(null);

    File out = new File("test.jpg");
    Iterator<ImageWriter> writers = ImageIO.getImageWritersBySuffix("jpg");
    ImageWriter writer = null;
    while(writers.hasNext()) {

    writer.setOutput(new ImageOutputStreamAdapter(new FileOutputStream(out)));

Note JPG isn't a geographic format so you need to drop down to the default ImageIO to write them out.

  • Ian Turton: can you please elaborate over 'you need to drop down to the default ImageIO'? As you guess, your snipped does not find any suitable ImageWriter for 'jpg' images.
    – mcfoi
    May 8 '19 at 13:35
  • works fine on my machine. The comment is just that you won't be using the Enhanced ImageIO that GeoTools uses.
    – Ian Turton
    May 8 '19 at 16:52
  • Ok.. ..so mine is not a lib issue. I'm getting Process failed during execution javax.imageio.IIOException: Illegal band size: should be 0 < size <= 8 The GridCoverage2D I'm trying to dump is a float32 that fits perfectly in a GeoTiff.. ..but doesn't fit in a 'jpg'. Any clue?
    – mcfoi
    May 8 '19 at 22:33
  • I think you need to ask a new question - make sure to add the gdalinfo output on the input file to the question as well as your code
    – Ian Turton
    May 9 '19 at 6:45

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