I have a couple hundred raster files that I want to find the sum for in order to perform some further calculation. I want to have the sum of each raster file placed in one Excel sheet.

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I used to work on ArcGIS, so usually I would just use Model Builder to iterate the procedure, then save it all to an attribute table and export to CSV.

But now I no longer have access to ArcGIS, and I realized that you can't iterate in the QGIS graphical modeler. Is there a simple way to do this? I would prefer doing it without any scripting or code, because I just need to get this done quickly, but if it's absolutely necessary I don't mind.


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In case you won't get any luck with QGIS modeller, you can run this script with QGIS python console:

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The script:

from os import listdir

import processing


ext_tpl=('tif','TIFF','TIF') #change if there are other raster formats in your directory

rast_lst=[fl for fl in listdir(rast_dir) if fl.endswith(ext_tpl)]


with open(out_fl,'w') as fl:
    for rast in rast_lst:
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    @BERA yes, in case if extension is 'tif', or rast_lst=[fl for fl in listdir(rast_dir) if fl.endswith(('tif','TIFF','TIF'))] can be used, or any other tuple with extension, I'll edit the answer, thank you
    – YevKad
    Dec 31, 2020 at 10:20
  • This works perfectly, thank you very much!
    – Ismail
    Dec 31, 2020 at 11:20
  • I'd like to ask another question, is there any way to do the same thing but for mean instead of sum. I tried using res['MEAN'] instead of rast_mean=res['SUM'] but i don't think that exists...
    – Ismail
    Dec 31, 2020 at 11:36
  • @Ismail hm, res["MEAN"] works fine for me. here's all the parameters available from my example: {'MAX': 148.0, 'MEAN': 71.44134233153648, 'MIN': 0.0, 'RANGE': 148.0, 'STD_DEV': 50.53710384890273, 'SUM': 4347348635.0, 'SUM_OF_SQUARES': 155415938959.4372}
    – YevKad
    Dec 31, 2020 at 12:00
  • Ah yes it works, I just got a wierd error message but the excel file came out as i wanted it to
    – Ismail
    Dec 31, 2020 at 13:59

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