Raster Data Objects Error : Invalid raster dataset error when viewing JPEG images in ArcMap

Last Published: April 28, 2020

Error Message

This article pertains to ArcGIS versions 8.x and 9.x only. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

When trying to add a JPEG image to ArcMap, the following error message may appear:

"Raster Data Objects Error
Invalid raster dataset. Failed to create raster layer"


Most likely the JPEG raster file is a 'progressive JPEG'. This is a type of JPEG that renders itself in low resolution first, and then successively re-renders itself at increasingly higher resolutions. This type of JPEG is not supported in ArcGIS.

Solution or Workaround

Use a third-party image application that can read the progressive JPEG format and allows it to be written as a non-progressive JPEG file.

To be sure that the image is non-progressive, convert it into a format that does not support the progressive function, such as BMP, before saving it as a JPEG. Please note, however, that this method may cause some loss of information.

Esri cannot provide detailed instructions or support for implementing third-party products. Please refer to the Web site of the third-party product for specific information and instructions.

Article ID:000003310

  • ArcMap 8 x
  • ArcMap 9 x

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