#include "ltwrappr.h"

L_INT LFile::GetGeoKey(uTag, puType, puCount, pData)

L_UINT16 uTag;

GeoKey ID

L_UINT *puType;

pointer to a variable

L_UINT *puCount;

pointer to a variable

L_VOID *pData;

pointer to the buffer

Gets the data that is ready to be saved as GeoKeys in a GeoTIFF file.

Parameter Description
uTag ID of the GeoKey to get. Values of the GeoKey ID range between 0 and 65535. Possible ranges are:
  Range Meaning
  0..1023 Do not use; reserved for future use.
  1024..2047 GeoTIFF configuration keys.
  2048..3071 Geographic/Geocentric CS Parameter Keys.
  3072..4095 Projected CS Parameter Keys.
  4096..5119 Vertical CS Parameter keys.
  5120..32767 Reserved.
  32768..65535 Private use use to store your own data.
puType Pointer to the variable to be updated with the GeoKey type. It indicates whether the data pointed to by pData is SHORT, DOUBLE or ASCII. Possible values are:
  Value Meaning
  TAG_ASCII [2] The data pointed to by pData is an array of ASCII bytes.
  TAG_SHORT [3] The data pointed to by pData is an array of SHORT values (2 bytes each).
  TAG_DOUBLE [12] The data pointed to by pData is an array of floating points in DOUBLE format (8 bytes each).
TAG_IFD [13] 32-bit IFD offset.
TAG_LONG8 [16] Unsigned 64-bit integer (valid only for BigTIFF formats).
TAG_SLONG8 [17] Signed 64-bit integer (valid only for BigTIFF formats).
TAG_IFD8 [18] 64-bit IFD offset (valid only for BigTIFF formats).
puCount Pointer to the variable to be updated with the number of items required for the pData buffer. Note that this is not the required number of bytes. The required number of will be (*puCount) * number of bytes per value (1 for ASCII, 2 for SHORT, 8 for DOUBLE).

If pData passed as NOT NULL, this variable will be updated with the number of data items.

pData Pointer to the buffer to be updated with the data. You can pass NULL if you want to use this function's return value to determine the required buffer size.


> 0

The length of the GeoKey data in bytes.


There is no GeoKey data with this GeoKey.

< 0

An error occurred. Refer to Return Codes.


You can use this function to obtain GeoKey data that will be saved the next time you save a GeoTIFF (FILE_GEOTIFF) file.

If you want to get the GeoKey data from a particular file, use the LFile::ReadGeoKey function.

It is often convenient to call this function twice, as follows:


Call the function the first time, passing NULL to the pData parameter, and using the return value to determine the required size of the buffer.


Allocate the buffer.


Call the function the second time, passing a pointer to your buffer in the pData parameter.

For more information about GeoKeys, refer to Implementing GeoKeys (GeoTIFF tags).

Required DLLs and Libraries



For a listing of the exact DLLs and Libraries needed, based on the toolkit version, refer to Files To Be Included With Your Application.


Win32, x64.

See Also


LFile::SetGeoKey, LFile::WriteGeoKey, LFile::ReadGeoKey, LFile::EnumGeoKeys, LFile::SaveFile, LFile::Save


Implementing GeoKeys (GeoTIFF tags)


Implementing TIFF Comments and Tags


Raster Image Functions: Working with GeoKeys


This example gets the value set for the GTModelTypeGeoKey key. Note that the example can be simpler by not allocating memory because this particular GeoKey has only one SHORT item. But I want to demonstrate how you call GetGeoKey twice and get the required size in the first call

L_INT LFile__GetGeoKeyExample(LFile& file) 
   L_UINT16 *pData = NULL; 
   L_UINT uCount; 
   L_UINT uType; 
   L_INT nSize; 
   nSize = file.GetGeoKey(1024, &uType, &uCount, NULL); 
   if(nSize <= 0) 
      MessageBox(NULL, TEXT("The GeoKey was not set, or an error occurred!"), TEXT("FAILURE"), MB_OK); 
      return nSize; 
      // allocate an array large enough to store the GeoKey data 
      pData = (L_UINT16 *)malloc(nSize); 
      if(pData != NULL) 
         nSize = file.GetGeoKey(1024, &uType, &uCount, pData); 
         if(nSize <= 0) 
            MessageBox(NULL, TEXT("Error getting the GeoKey!"), TEXT("FAILURE"), MB_OK); 
            return nSize; 
            // do whatever you want with the GeoKey data 
            MessageBox(NULL, TEXT("works Fine!"), TEXT("SUCCESS"), MB_OK); 
         free(pData); //// free the pData buffer 
   return SUCCESS; 

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