I am trying to set the projection on a raster to match that of a vector point layer. Thus I need to find out what is the projection of a given layer, to use it in the GDAL.Dataset.SetProjection() so that I can create the GeoTIFF with the appropriate projection.

How do I do that in QGIS using Python?

  • Another way to put it is: How to get the EPSG for the Layer?
    – fccoelho
    Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 11:55
  • Do you want to reproject the raster to the vector's CRS using Python? Please try to clarify.
    – underdark
    Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 12:01
  • @fccoelho In the python console: iface.activeLayer().crs().postgisSrid() returns only the EPSG code as an integer.
    – Stefan
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 14:36

2 Answers 2


Short answer

# returns: PyQt4.QtCore.QString(u'EPSG:26913')


qgis.utils.iface.activeLayer() returns a reference to the active QgsMapLayer.

QgsMapLayer.crs() returns the crs or QgsCoordinateReferenceSystem for the layer.

QgsCoordinateReferenceSystem.authid() returns the Authority identifier for the crs as a QString.

However, this is assuming there is an active layer, it is of a vector type, and it has a valid crs. You will want to test for validity of those items before committing to reprojecting a raster.

If you are reprojecting, using GDAL.Dataset.SetProjection() will not suffice, since it will only assign a projection and not reproject (warp) the raster to the same as your vector layer.


You can get the active layer's CRS with:

layer = iface.activeLayer()
lyrCRS = layer.crs().authid() # returns a reference to the active QgsMapLayer


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