I have a tif image file, and a .tfw world file (created from OSM data with Mapertive). How can I (using linux command line) convert that to a GeoTIFF file? (i.e. I want to have one file, not 2). I'm sure it's possible with gdal or something.


So you want a geotiff instead of a tiff with a world file (.tfw). This should be the default in GDAL (http://www.gdal.org/frmt_gtiff.html) so:

gdal_translate -of GTiff input.tif ouput.tif

It will default to geotiff.

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    You also need to ensure that a coordinate system is set with -a_srs otherwise it is kind of a malformed GeoTIFF. – mdsumner Feb 25 '14 at 20:29

Or you can use geotifcp (http://www.remotesensing.org/geotiff/geotifcp.html).

To dump the data from a GeoTiff to a world file try listgeo (http://www.remotesensing.org/geotiff/listgeo.html).

Updated links as of 2017-05-21



  • Down voted because this page is now a 404, and you should edit your post so that the link is current. – shawty May 19 '17 at 21:57
  • @shawty Really? This thread is more than 3 years old... You expect everyone to check their ancient posts for dead links every week? – aberenyi May 21 '17 at 18:33
  • Not every week, but casually here and there, I do with mine, and If I get a down vote I don't take the huff, I thank the person, put the link right, then ask them to remove the Down vote (Which they usually do...) – shawty May 21 '17 at 22:57
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    @shawty instead of being rude, I suggest you either. a) leave a comment that links are dead and downvote if they don't get fixed, or b) fix them yourself – user2856 May 22 '17 at 2:17
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    I think both of you made pretty clear that you have different views on this. I share @Luke's view on this, but I guess there are people out there who would see an edit as an offence (myself excluded). Let's move on. – aberenyi May 23 '17 at 8:05

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