I have a set of 14 rasters that I would like to create a virtual raster (vrt) from. When I create the vrt one of the rasters does not appear in the new file. The raster have identical formats except the missing one displays Band 1 (Gray) in the layer styling box and the others show Band 1 (Palette). It seems like this is due to the missing one not having a color table or palette where as the others do. I have gotten around this by creating a vrt of the tif without the color palette, opening the vrt with a text editor and changing <ColorInterp>Gray</ColorInterp> to <ColorInterp>Palette</ColorInterp> and then creating a vrt with the other 13 and the hacked vrt.

Is there a way I could instead convert the file to have a color table or better remove the color table from the others? From my tests warp does not strip the color table.

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Inside QGIS you can use Raster-> Conversion -> PCT to RGB, or you can use the GDAL Utility pct2rgb to convert the palette to a rgb image.

  • Sorry I couldn't test this. I couldn't get that to work with my file. I get a AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'GetCount' error. I want to end up with a single band file wouldn't this give me a 3 band file?
    – Baswein
    Jan 9, 2020 at 17:30

You may be able to remove the palette with gdal_translate https://gdal.org/programs/gdal_translate.html by using the option -expand gray. Try and tell if it works, the documentation is a bit cryptical.

-expand gray|rgb|rgba

To expose a dataset with 1 band with a color table as a dataset with 3 (RGB) or 4 (RGBA) bands. Useful for output drivers such as JPEG, JPEG2000, MrSID, ECW that don’t support color indexed datasets. The ‘gray’ value enables to expand a dataset with a color table that only contains gray levels to a gray indexed dataset.

  • It seems the QGIS 3.8 dialog for Translate does not have the ability to add additional command line options so I was unable to try this.
    – Baswein
    Jan 9, 2020 at 17:33

The way I solved this was by running GDAL merge with only one file and Grab pseudocolor table from first layer unchecked. This gets rid of the color table.

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