I am trying to figure out how to rescale a raster band's pixel value using the GDAL python bindings. I am looking to emulate the -scale switch in gdal_translate.exe; rescaling the pixel values in my raster to 0-255.

EDIT: Some goofing around today has produced this, seems to work thus far.

from osgeo import gdal
import numpy
import math

def singleBandToRGB(source,output):
    src_ds = gdal.Open(source)
    band = src_ds.GetRasterBand(1)
    min = band.GetMinimum()
    max = band.GetMaximum()
    data = src_ds.ReadAsArray(0,0,src_ds.RasterXSize,src_ds.RasterYSize)
    data = ((255-0)*((data-min)/(max-min)))+0
    data = data.astype(numpy.uint8)
    driver = gdal.GetDriverByName("GTiff")
    dst_ds = driver.Create(output,src_ds.RasterXSize,src_ds.RasterYSize,3,gdal.GDT_Byte)
    for i in range(1,4):

    # housekeeping
    driver = None
    dst_ds = None
    src_ds = None

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Not entirely sure there's a ready-made function/class in GDAL python bindings, but if you're brave, you can look at the source of gdal_translate and find out how its done. From my quick skim, I think that scale ratio is set on VRTComplexSource (dfScaleRatio property).

  • Could you set the scale using a GDAL Virtual Format and then open that in python? Mar 17, 2011 at 14:08

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