I am working with raster data (.tif) in R using the Raster Package, and I know how to create a raster object through

r <- raster(filename)

I am working with models with some long filenames, and so having to type out the filename is slowing me down. e.g.

filename <- "wc2.1_2.5m_bioc_CNRM-CM6-1_ssp245_2041-2060.tif"

Is there a way to create a raster object using my windows browser, or a simpler way to create raster objects, when I have multiple filenames with unwieldy names?

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Function list.files() from base R allows to list files that match a pattern, in your case it would be .tif, or, if you only want those that start with wc it would be wc.*tif, using regular expressions. The argument full.names = T will give you complete names with directories, which helps to call these file names in functions; recursive = T tells the function to search in sub-directories

file_list = list.files(pattern = ".tif", full.names = T, recursive = T)

then you may read and stack the files using a for loop, such as:


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    You do not need a loop to create a stack, you can just pass the vector eg., stack(list.files(pattern = ".tif", full.names = TRUE, recursive = TRUE)) Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 16:14
  • that package is always impressive
    – Elio Diaz
    Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 16:17
  • Thanks to both Elio and Diaz, this is precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for. It'll take me a little bit of practice, but this is great! Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 16:17

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