Creates a raster object that can be used in Python scripting or in a Map Algebra expression. A raster object is a variable that references a raster dataset.
A raster object can be created in two ways, by supplying the path to an existing raster on disk, or it can be the result of any Map Algebra statement that results in a raster output.
The raster object created from existing data can be used in subsequent Map Algebra expressions and will have all the associated raster properties and methods.
# out_raster is a resultant raster object out_raster = Raster("c:/data/inraster")
Any tool or operator (see Working with operators in Map Algebra) that produces an output raster to the left of the equal sign creates a raster object. For example, in the following expression, out_raster is a raster object.
out_raster = Slope("inelevation")
When a raster object is returned from a Map Algebra expression, by default, the object (the variable and associated dataset) is temporary.
The temporary dataset associated with a raster object can become permanent with the following mechanisms:
- By calling the save method on the raster object.
- Call Make Permanent by right-clicking the layer with an associated raster object in the TOC and specifying an output name.
- Saving the map project (.mxd, .3dd, and so on) that contains any layers with associated raster objects.
In case 3, the dataset referenced by the raster object will automatically be permanently saved to disk with a default name.
If the referenced raster is not made permanent by any of the three cases above, the variable and the referenced raster dataset will be deleted when the variable goes out of scope, such as when a stand-alone script is completed or ArcGIS is closed. When a raster object references permanent data on disk, the data is not deleted.
Certain operators exist in both Map Algebra and in Python. If you want an operator to work on rasters (as opposed to scalars), the input rasters must be cast as a raster object by calling the Raster class constructor: Raster("inRaster").
# The plus operator (available with Spatial Analyst) is used on the input # rasters creating an output raster object out_raster = Raster("input1") + Raster("input2") # The Python plus operator is used on numbers creating a scalar variable out_var = 4 + 7 # When there is a mix of rasters with numbers the Spatial Analyst # operator is used creating an output raster object out_raster = Raster("input") + 10
Certain properties associated with the raster object are only available if the referenced raster dataset is permanent. When the referenced raster dataset is temporary, these properties will be assigned None. The affected properties are catalogPath, compressionType, format, hasRAT, name, and path.
Once permanent, the referenced raster dataset cannot return to the temporary state.
The input raster dataset or list of raster datasets.
The number of bands in the referenced raster dataset.
The full path and the name of the referenced raster dataset.
The compression type. The following are the available types:
The extent of the referenced raster dataset.
The raster format.
(Read and Write)
Identifies whether there is an associated attribute table: True if an attribute table exists, or False if no attribute table exists.
The number of rows.
True if the raster dataset has an integer type.
True if the raster dataset is temporary, or False if it is permanent.
The maximum value in the referenced raster dataset.
The mean value in the referenced raster dataset.
The cell size in the y direction.
The cell size in the x direction.
The minimum value in the referenced raster dataset.
The name of the referenced raster dataset.
The NoData value of the referenced raster dataset.
The full path of the referenced raster dataset.
The pixel type of the referenced raster dataset. The types are the following:
The spatial reference of the referenced raster dataset.
The standard deviation of the values in the referenced raster dataset.
The size of the referenced raster dataset on disk.
The number of columns.
Permanently saves the dataset referenced by the raster object.
The name to assign to the raster dataset on disk.
Raster example 1
Creates a Raster object from a raster dataset and gets properties for analysis.
import arcpy my_raster = arcpy.Raster('elevation') my_min = my_raster.minimum my_max = my_raster.maximum my_area = (my_raster.width * my_raster.height) * my_raster.meanCellWidth
Raster example 2
Creates a Raster object, gets properties, creates a random error raster (+/- 3 feet), adds it to an elevation raster, and converts its units from feet to meters.
import arcpy from arcpy.sa import * elev_raster = Raster('c:/data/elevation') my_extent = elev_raster.extent my_cellsize = (elev_raster.meanCellHeight + elev_raster.meanCellWidth) / 2 res01 = arcpy.CreateRandomRaster_management("", "error3", "UNIFORM 0.0 3.0", my_extent, my_cellsize) elev_meters = (elev_raster + Raster(res01)) * 0.3048 elev_meters.save("c:/output/fgdb.gdb/elevM_err")