Loading raster data into a raster catalog

There are two main geoprocessing tools that are used to load raster data into a raster catalog. The Raster To Geodatabase tool allows you to load multiple selected rasters into a raster catalog. The Workspace To Raster Catalog tool allows you to load all the rasters within a location on disk into a raster catalog. The steps below describe using the latter tool.

To use either of these tools, you must first have a raster catalog in the geodatabase. To create a raster catalog in a geodatabase, see Creating raster catalogs in a geodatabase.


Importing or loading raster data into an ArcSDE geodatabase requires an ArcEditor or ArcInfo license.

  1. In ArcCatalog or the Catalog window, right-click the raster catalog, point to Load, then click Load From Workspace.
  2. Click the Input Workspace browse button Browse and navigate to the workspace from which you want to load the raster datasets.
  3. Make sure that the output raster catalog is correct. If not, click the browse button Browse and navigate to the correct raster catalog.
  4. Optionally, check Include Sub-directories to load raster datasets from all the subfolders in your workspace.
  5. Optionally, check Project on-the-fly to reproject the raster datasets to the raster catalog's projection.
  6. Click OK.

You cannot build pyramids on a raster catalog; however, you can build pyramids for each raster dataset within a raster catalog.

Building pyramids for Oracle GeoRaster raster datasets must be performed as a separate step following the loading of the raster.

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