I am trying to add CRS to a shapefile that I am exporting:

shp1 = gpd.read_file(i[1], encoding='iso8859_7', crs_wkt='2100')
shp1.to_file(out, encoding='iso8859_7', crs_wkt='2100')

When I import it to a GIS later, it doesn't have the CRS that says in crs_wkt.

I tried to do this:

shp1 = shp1.to_crs(epsg=2100)

but says:

RuntimeError: b'no arguments in initialization list'

If check for the crs it has


it says:


The to_crs function is for converting from one CRS to another. To assign a CRS to a GeoPandas object, simply assign it to the .crs attribute. For example:

my_geoseries.crs = {'init' :'epsg:4326'}

In Geopandas >= 0.7.0, you should use only the EPSG code itself as follows:

my_geoseries.crs = 'epsg:4326'

The GeoPandas documentation is quite good: http://geopandas.org/projections.html

You trigger the RuntimeError because there is no CRS to convert from, hence the 'no arguments' phrase.

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    After giving crs the way you suggested it indeed got the crs but when i exported it, and opened it in GIS it said that is missing spatial reference information.What is going on? Jul 19 '18 at 7:16
  • @user10092387 save your GeoDataFrame to your shapefile with to_file('your_file.shp') if you still have that problem check the .prj file that's where the projection info is, if it's not updated to the desired CRS either change it manually with a valid Proj4 dictionnary or empty it and resave your file using geopandas Jul 19 '18 at 7:50
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    @HichamZouarhi i saved it with to_file but the proj file is empty. Can you tell what exactly to type for the proj4 dictionary to work? Jul 19 '18 at 8:05
  • @user10092387 here is an example of a projection string in a .prj file PROJCS["RGF93_Lambert_93",GEOGCS["GCS_RGF93",DATUM["D_RGF_1993",SPHEROID["GRS_1980",6378137,298.257222101]],PRIMEM["Greenwich",0],UNIT["Degree",0.017453292519943295]],PROJECTION["Lambert_Conformal_Conic"],PARAMETER["standard_parallel_1",49],PARAMETER["standard_parallel_2",44],PARAMETER["latitude_of_origin",46.5],PARAMETER["central_meridian",3],PARAMETER["false_easting",700000],PARAMETER["false_northing",6600000],UNIT["Meter",1]] you can download a prj file from here spatialreference.org/ref/epsg/ggrs87-greek-grid Jul 19 '18 at 8:34
  • I don't get it. What should i do aside from the shp1.crs = {'init' :'epsg:2100'} to actually open it in the GIS with the assigned crs? Jul 19 '18 at 8:37

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