GIF – Graphics Interchange Format¶
Driver short name
GDAL supports reading and writing of normal, and interlaced GIF files. Gif files always appear as having one colormapped eight bit band. GIF files have no support for georeferencing.
A GIF image with transparency will have that entry marked as having an alpha value of 0.0 (transparent). Also, the transparent value will be returned as the NoData value for the band.
If an ESRI world file exists with the .gfw, .gifw or .wld extension, it will be read and used to establish the geotransform for the image.
XMP metadata can be extracted from the file, and will be stored as XML raw content in the xml:XMP metadata domain.
This driver supports the
This driver supports virtual I/O operations (/vsimem/, etc.)
GIF files can only be created as 1 8bit band using the “CreateCopy” mechanism. If written from a file that is not colormapped, a default greyscale colormap is generated. Transparent GIFs are not currently supported on creation.
WORLDFILE=ON: Force the generation of an associated ESRI world file (.wld).
Interlaced (progressive) GIF files can be generated by supplying the INTERLACING=ON option on creation.
Starting with GDAL 1.7.0, GDAL’s internal GIF support is implemented based on source from the giflib 4.1.6 library (written by Gershon Elbor, Eric Raymond and Toshio Kuratomi), hence generating LZW compressed GIF.