EIR – Erdas Imagine Raw

Driver short name


Driver built-in by default

This driver is built-in by default

GDAL supports the Erdas Imagine Raw format for read access including 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32bit unsigned integers, 16 and 32bit signed integers and 32 and 64bit complex floating point. Georeferencing is supported.

To open a dataset select the file with the header information. The driver finds the image file from the header information. Erdas documents call the header file the “raw” file and it may have the extension .raw while the image file that contains the actual raw data may have the extension .bl.

NOTE: Implemented as gdal/frmts/raw/eirdataset.cpp.

Driver capabilities

Supports Georeferencing

This driver supports georeferencing

Supports VirtualIO

This driver supports virtual I/O operations (/vsimem/, etc.)