[gdal-dev] gdal_translate custom binary image format

Scott Arko saarko at alaska.edu
Thu Apr 12 08:48:41 EDT 2012

Hi David,

I have done a similar thing in the past by using the ENVI format driver.
 The ENVI format is just raw binary with a very simple text header file.
 You can easily create the header and then gdal will read your data.

You can find information on ENVI headers at

Not all fields are required, so you only need to define the bare basics for
your data set. The vrt path is probably the more rigorous solution, but
this might be easier.


On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 3:39 AM, vonengel <vonengel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I am quite new with gdal, and I am using it (or to be precise gdal2tiles)
> to
> create a quadtree representation of large panoramic images (for further
> out-of-core rendering). I now got a large dataset (300000x30000) in a
> simple
> binary format (The 8bit RGB information is simply stored in sequential
> order).
> Is it possible to use gdal_translate to read and process the data?
> Thanks for your help!
> Cheers,
> David
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