I'm trying to use EPSG:4479 in QGIS.

1) If I search for EPSG:4479, it returns a "Imported from GDAL" EPSG:4479, but it does not work. At the console, the following message is displayed:

ERROR 6: EPSG PCS/GCS code 4479 not found in EPSG support files.  Is this a valid
EPSG coordinate system?

It should not be a problem, because I can always add a new CRS. But...

2) I tried to define a new CRS in QGIS 2.2, without success.

I go to Settings -> Custom CRS... and fill the new CRS with: Name: China Geodetic Coordinate System 2000 Parameters: +proj=geocent +ellps=GRS80 +units=m +no_defs

Custom CRS definition

These parameters are copy and pasted from EPSG:4479.

I can use the calculator at the botton to test the coordinate transformation, and it works.

But when I try to save the new CRS, it complains with the message: The proj4 definition is not valid.

Error reporting invalid proj4 definition

What am I doing wrong?

There is a quite similar question around, but not answered. But I'm not using a custom proj4 library.

I'm using QGIS 2.2, PROJ.4 Version 470, on top of the OSGeo Live 7.9.

The same proj4 string works in PostGIS. I am able to do:

INSERT into spatial_ref_sys (srid, auth_name, auth_srid, proj4text, srtext) values ( 4479, 'EPSG', 4479, '+proj=geocent +ellps=GRS80 +units=m +no_defs ', 'GEOCCS["China Geodetic Coordinate System 2000",DATUM["China_2000",SPHEROID["CGCS2000",6378137,298.257222101,AUTHORITY["EPSG","1024"]],AUTHORITY["EPSG","1043"]],PRIMEM["Greenwich",0,AUTHORITY["EPSG","8901"]],UNIT["metre",1,AUTHORITY["EPSG","9001"]],AXIS["Geocentric X",OTHER],AXIS["Geocentric Y",OTHER],AXIS["Geocentric Z",NORTH],AUTHORITY["EPSG","4479"]]');

select ST_AsText(ST_Transform(ST_SetSRID(ST_Makepoint(114,30), 4326), 4479));

It returns the expected result:

"POINT(-2248544.5475367 5050313.74152924)"
  • How do you invoke the first error message?
    – AndreJ
    May 13, 2014 at 6:45
  • To see the error reported, I started qgis from the command line. When I change to EPSG:4479, the error is reported on the console. I am not able to use EPSG:4479 in QGIS.
    – jgrocha
    May 13, 2014 at 9:26
  • Strangely I do not get that message. But it does not reproject layers with other CRS on-the-fly. BTW QGIS 2.2 on Windows comes with Proj 4.8.0. Not sure if you are missing something essential.
    – AndreJ
    May 13, 2014 at 9:33

1 Answer 1


I have no problem saving the outline of China in EPSG:4479, and setting the project CRS to that:

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Since this is a geocentric CRS, you really need all three coordinates, while QGIS usually works 2-dimensional. That might be a reason why some operations may fail.

The geocent projection is not listed by proj -lp in a terminal window, but proj is able to convert the coordinates, while the inverse conversion returns wrong values. cs2cs does it both ways.

  • Thank you @Andre. You are absolutely right! The geocent projection is not available in proj. Probably that is why QGIS complains.
    – jgrocha
    May 13, 2014 at 9:22

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