After much searching, I've still not been able to figure out how to perform what seems like a simple function: I'd like to get the pixel size/cell size of a raster layer using PyQgis. Is there any native way to do this through QgsRasterLayer or a helper class? Or will I need to read the file in using GDAL functions, e.g.:

geotransform = dataset.GetGeoTransform()
if not geotransform is None:
    print 'Pixel Size = (',geotransform[1], ',',geotransform[5],')'

Thanks for your help.


  • What format are your rasters in? It is often possible to parse the resolution out of a raster's header.
    – sgrieve
    Nov 16, 2012 at 8:43

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You tagged your question with pyqgis. Here is a small solution using the Pyqgis modules

# Get a QgsRasterLayer object
ras = [yourObject]
pixelSizeX = ras.rasterUnitsPerPixelX()
pixelSizeY = ras.rasterUnitsPerPixelY()
  • Classic. The docs just need to have "(cell size)" added to the description of those two methods! Jan 11, 2020 at 14:51

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