I have a single-band GeoTIFF whose entries are all integers. I'm creating this GeoTIFF using GDAL.

I would like to associate those integers with strings indicating what the integers mean so that the interpretation of the data can ride along with the data in a systematized way.

This is kind of like a color table.

Does GeoTIFF offer any mechanism for this? I'll be using this with GDAL and QGIS, but can do custom coding to make things work.

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You want to add and show a Raster Attribute Table (RAT). There is a plugin https://plugins.qgis.org/plugins/RasterAttributeTable/ for that. There are some videos about how to use the plugin, for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No9I3PHofss.

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