I am trying to export an image to Google Drive but after the Task is done running I can see multiple images exported to the drive. Shouldn't it export just one image?

The code I'm using is

var pak_boundaries = ee.FeatureCollection("FAO/GAUL/2015/level0")
              .filter(ee.Filter.eq('ADM0_NAME', 'Pakistan'));
var landcover_esa =ee.ImageCollection("ESA/WorldCover/v100").first()

var viz_esa = {
 bands: ['Map'],

var pak_geometries = pak_boundaries.geometry()
var pak_landcover = landcover_esa.clip(pak_geometries);  

 scale: 10,
 maxPixels: 23741603435,

This is what my Drive looks like:

Screenshot of my Google Drive

Ideally I want to see just one GeoTIFF image.

1 Answer 1


There's a 4GB limit built into the GeoTIFF standard. So large outputs have to be split into pieces smaller than that.

  • But the combined size of all these files is less than 500Mb Dec 8, 2021 at 5:21
  • 1
    That's including compression and/or masked pixels. The sizing is done based on the raw number of pixels and shoots for a file size of 1G each. Dec 8, 2021 at 16:09
  • Hey, I've downloaded the files and can see that they have numbers appended to them after the description I picked. For example, I have files named pak_landcover_esa_10s-0000000000-0000000000, pak_landcover_esa_10s-0000000000-0000065536, pak_landcover_esa_10s-0000000000-0000131072 and so on. Would you happen to know what these numbers mean? Dec 9, 2021 at 19:15
  • Those are pixels coordinates of the upper left corner of the tile. Dec 10, 2021 at 13:43

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