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gdalmanage - Identify, delete, rename and copy raster data files.


Usage: gdalmanage mode [-r] [-u] [-f format]

datasetname [newdatasetname]


The gdalmanage program can perform various operations on raster data files, depending on the chosen mode. This includes identifying raster data types and deleting, renaming or copying the files.

Mode of operation
List data format of file.
Create a copy of the raster file with a new name.
Change the name of the raster file.
Delete raster file.

Recursively scan files/folders for raster files.

Report failures if file type is unidentified.

Specify format of raster file if unknown by the application. Uses short data format name (e.g. GTiff).

Raster file to operate on.

For copy and rename modes, you provide a source filename and a target filename, just like copy and move commands in an operating system.


Using identify mode

Report the data format of the raster file by using the identify mode and specifying a data file name:

$ gdalmanage identify NE1_50M_SR_W.tif
NE1_50M_SR_W.tif: GTiff

Recursive mode will scan subfolders and report the data format:

$ gdalmanage identify -r 50m_raster/
NE1_50M_SR_W/ne1_50m.jpg: JPEG
NE1_50M_SR_W/ne1_50m.png: PNG
NE1_50M_SR_W/ne1_50m_20pct.tif: GTiff
NE1_50M_SR_W/ne1_50m_band1.tif: GTiff
NE1_50M_SR_W/ne1_50m_print.png: PNG
NE1_50M_SR_W/NE1_50M_SR_W.aux: HFA
NE1_50M_SR_W/NE1_50M_SR_W.tif: GTiff
NE1_50M_SR_W/ne1_50m_sub.tif: GTiff
NE1_50M_SR_W/ne1_50m_sub2.tif: GTiff

Using copy mode

Copy the raster data:

$ gdalmanage copy NE1_50M_SR_W.tif ne1_copy.tif

Using rename mode

Rename raster data:

$ gdalmanage rename NE1_50M_SR_W.tif ne1_rename.tif

Using delete mode

Delete the raster data:

gdalmanage delete NE1_50M_SR_W.tif


Frank Warmerdam <>



January 2, 2023