Some BIL, BSP, and BSQ files do not display in ArcGIS

Last Published: April 25, 2020


Some BIL, BSP, BSQ files do not display in ArcGIS 9.2 or a later version. In particular, 1-, 2-, and 4-bit BIL, BIP, and BSQ files are not displaying. Other bit depths for these formats are working fine. As well, other file formats that have 1-, 2-, or 4-bit pixel depths are working fine.


Since ArcGIS 9.2, ESRI is using a new format library to read certain formats, such as BIL, BIP, and BSQ, however this library does not support 1-, 2-, or 4-bit depths.


Currently there is no workarounds for this issue.

    Article ID:000008531

    • ArcMap 9 x

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