I'm looking for a tool or a workflow to compute satellite image footprints, for a large number of images across directories, and produce a shapefile. Ideal work flow would be:

  • fire up tool
  • point to a directory and provide file mask
  • the tool browses directory and sub-directories and compute footprints
  • the tool produces a shapefile with a polygon for each footprint and pre-selected attributes

It would preferably be Esri or ERDAS based, but not necessarily.

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    For non-arc, you can use gdaltindex. You can definitely run this on a script to browse sub-directories. gdal.org/gdaltindex.html
    – maning
    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:12
  • I agree with @maning - gdaltindex will do exactly what you're after.
    – om_henners
    Apr 28, 2011 at 15:09
  • @maning I tried to use gdaltindex but unfortunately this tool creates bounding box instead of footprint. According to this definitions: gis.stackexchange.com/a/269689/35561 Apr 3, 2020 at 10:30

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In arcgis10 when you add images to a raster mosaic dataset there are options to create footprints and metadata.

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    +1 My thoughts exactly. Last step is to export the Footprints table of the Mosaic Dataset. Apr 28, 2011 at 15:25

How about this Creating Raster Index for ArcGIS ?

Here is the link you can go and see if this is what you need or not...


I tried this and works very well..but I am not sure if this is what you need.

Take care.

  • Unfortunately this program does not generate the exact footprints where valid data are, but rather bounding boxes.
    – GuillaumeC
    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:37

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