In my ModelBuilder toolchain I created a raster and want to create another empty raster wit the same properties. For this purpouse I choose the "Create Raster Dataset". For this tool I need the following properties of my raster: number of bands and the pixel type.

The Number of bands I can extract with "Get Raster Properties" but I can't get the pxiel type with this tool. Is there a way to get to the pixel type information?

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It is possible using arcpy.Describe and Raster Band properties, for example:

import arcpy
raster = r'C:\Test\Reprojected_epsg_3006.tif\Band_1'
print arcpy.Describe(raster).pixelType



You can then integrate the code in your model following:

Integrating scripts within a model

  • How to pass 'U16' to "Create Raster Dataset"? Because the tool take string argument like '16_BIT_UNSIGNED' and doesn't accept 'U16' string as 'pixel type' argument in Python console or in tool Dialog window. – Kadir Şahbaz Apr 10 '18 at 7:35
  • Dont know how asker solved it. I would use a dictionary – BERA Apr 10 '18 at 7:37
  • I use dictionary like my answer. "Get Raster Properties" tool accepts output of Script as pixel type parameter in Python console but doesn't accept in ModelBuilder. Do you have any idea? – Kadir Şahbaz Apr 10 '18 at 7:42
  • Try Create Raster Dataset in the script instead of ModelBuilder – BERA Apr 10 '18 at 7:44

Using "Get Raster Properties" tool, you can get "Pixel Type", too.

VALUETYPE option gives you Pixel Type as a string integer. Refer to Get Raster Properties


A script like below helps to get corresponding string. Look at the link in @BERA's post to add the script to ArcToolBox and a model.

import arcpy
string = arcpy.GetParameterAsText(0)

pixel_types = {
    u"0": "1_BIT",
    u"1": "2_BIT",
    u"2": "4_BIT",
    u"3": "8_BIT_UNSIGNED",
    u"4": "8_BIT_SIGNED",
    u"5": "16_BIT_UNSIGNED",
    u"6": "16_BIT_SIGNED",
    u"7": "32_BIT_UNSIGNED",
    u"8": "32_BIT_SIGNED",
    u"9": "32_BIT_FLOAT",
    u"10": "64_BIT"}

param = pixel_types[string]
arcpy.SetParameterAsText(1, param)

Then use that script in model like following way:

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  • How would this method be preferable to the -rather simple and concise- solution of BERA? – RJJoling Apr 9 '18 at 12:50
  • Actually, I thuoght that way should work . But I coudn't pass 'PixelType' (output of 'Script' tool) to 'Create Raster Dataset' tool as 'Pixel Type' parameter. I try something but I cannot overcome. – Kadir Şahbaz Apr 9 '18 at 14:26
  • t = arcpy.GetRasterProperties_management("raster","VALUETYPE").getOutput(0) returns u'5'. Then t_ = arcpy.Script(t).getOutput(0) returns u'16_BIT_UNSIGNED'. Then arcpy.CreateRasterDataset_management(out_path, out_name, pixel_type=t_) create a raster. It works perfectly. But I can't figure it out why "PixelType" doesn't pass in Model Builder. – Kadir Şahbaz Apr 9 '18 at 15:13

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