I have a path of a raster layer. I want to get name of this layer in GDAL. In below code I want to get aa.tif

from osgeo import gdal

dataset = gdal.Open("/Data/raster/aa.tif")
print dataset.GetName()

But I received below error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<input>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/tmp/tmpq3Peqi.py", line 5, in <module>
    print dataset.GetName()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/osgeo/gdal.py", line 1804, in <lambda>
    __getattr__ = lambda self, name: _swig_getattr(self, Dataset, name)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/osgeo/gdal.py", line 74, in _swig_getattr
    return _swig_getattr_nondynamic(self, class_type, name, 0)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/osgeo/gdal.py", line 69, in _swig_getattr_nondynamic
    return object.__getattr__(self, name)
AttributeError: type object 'object' has no attribute '__getattr__'

How can I do it?

  • Where's the documentation for "GetName()"? Or was that a guess, because there's a GetName for ogr data sources? Can't you keep the filename somewhere and get the name part from that?
    – Spacedman
    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:09
  • Hi @Spacedman, Your're right. `GetName' is not for gdal data sources. No unfortunately in my long code I receive a list of path raster layers and for next steps need only raster layer names.
    – HMadadi
    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:13
  • You mean "a list of paths of raster layers"?
    – Spacedman
    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:02

2 Answers 2


GetDescription returns the full path:

>>> import osgeo
>>> from osgeo import gdal
>>> d = gdal.Open("./swb/srtm_38_04.tif")
>>> d.GetDescription()

then use standard python path munging tools to get the name.

  • Sorry I think I couldn't ask clearly my question. For example In your code I have './swb/srtm_38_04.tif' fullpath, In fact I want only srtm_38_04.tif or srtm_38_04.
    – HMadadi
    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:36
  • You may also try d.GetMetadata('DERIVED_SUBDATASETS') but it will return full path to. You have to use os.path.basename to get file name from path. Oct 30, 2017 at 10:00
  • @nickan that's what I meant by "standard python path munging tools", like os.path.split, as mentioned in the accepted answer. Your question made it seem like you wanted the path from a GDAL Dataset object.
    – Spacedman
    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:03
  • @Spacedman, you 're right. It was better I asked my question in other place, but because I used gdal in my code I thought it ask here, sorry.
    – HMadadi
    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:59

You don't need Gdal for that. Check out os.path and the following link: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7304117/split-filenames-with-python#7304165.


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