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A Python module for downloading ESA satellite data

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esahub: Downloading data from ESA scihub

esahub provides a simple interface for downloading satellite data from the European Sentinel missions.

It allows multiple downloads to be performed in parallel, from multiple data servers. The full range of Copernicus data servers are supported, including:

  • (guest access)
  • (guest access)


Install esahub:

$ pip install esahub

This will also create a YAML configuration file in ~/.esahub.conf (unless that file exists) by copying config.yaml. The configuration settings in ~/.esahub.conf have precedence over the settings in config.yaml.

You should overwrite the required settings in your ~/.esahub.conf, especially:


For the majority of the data servers you will need to provide your own authentication details in SERVERS.

Testing the installation

The recommended way of running tests is:

$ python test

Note: Running the tests may take a while as it includes testing live downloads from SciHub (although with very small files).

Command Line Usage

$ esahub [cmd] [args] ...

Available commands:

Command Description
ls Queries SciHub for archives matching the specified query parameters. Prints the total number of files and data size.
get Queries SciHub like ls, but then downloads the files.
doctor Checks local satellite products for consistency, either by validating the zip/NetCDF format or by comparing to the MD5 checksum from SciHub. Allows to either delete or repair broken files.


Option Argument Available for Description
<SAT> all Satellite to query, e.g. S1A, S1B, S2A, S2B, S3A
-d, --dir <DIR> all raw data directory (defaults to config GENERAL.DATA_DIR)
-o, --out <FILE> ls write files to JSON
-i, --in <FILE> get read files from JSON
-m, --mission <MISSION> ls, get e.g. Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3
-g, --geo <WKT> ls, get geospatial location in WKT format
--location <LOCATION> ls, get location as defined in config LOCATIONS
-t, --time <ARG> ls, get Supports a variety of datetime string formats.
--type <TYPE> ls, get e.g. GRD
--orbit <ORBIT> ls, get ASC or DESC
--id <ID> ls, get product identifier, may include wildcards (*), e.g. *SDV*
-q, --query <QUERY> ls, get custom query for SciHub, e.g. for single archive: identifier:...
--restart get Force restart incomplete downloads
--log all write log file
--quiet all Suppress terminal output
--mode <MODE> doctor zip|file
--delete doctor delete corrupt files
--repair doctor redownload corrupt files
--email all send email report
Datetime parsing

The following are examples of datetime formats that will be automatically parsed into a date or date range:

The following single dates will be explicitly converted to the date range covering the given year, month, or day:

  • --time 2016
  • --time 06/2018
  • --time 2018/06
  • --time "Sep 1, 2018"

Date ranges may also be specified explicitly:

  • --time "2016 to 2017"
  • --time "Jan 2016 - Feb 2016"
  • --time "01/01/2016, 14/01/2016"

One-sided date ranges are also possible:

  • --time "to 2017"
  • --time "01/2017-"
  • --time "01/12/2017,"


Ex 1. Retrieve the number of archives and total file size of Sentinel-3 archives uploaded to SciHub during the past midnight-to-midnight period intersecting Ireland (only works if Ireland is defined in the config item LOCATIONS):

$ esahub ls -t yesterday --location=Ireland

Ex 2. Download the archives uploaded yesterday for four locations.

$ esahub get -t yesterday --location=Ireland_Mace_Head --location=Namibia_Gobabeb --location=Italy_Rome_Tor_Vergata --location=France_La_Crau

Ex 3. Query SciHub for all available Sentinel-2 data for Ireland and write the result to a JSON file. Then read that JSON file by the get command, thus downloading the specified files. Note: Since the JSON file may be edited manually, this approach offers the most flexibility.

$ esahub ls --location=Ireland --mission=Sentinel-2 --out=Sen2_IE.json
$ esahub get --in=Sen2_IE.json --log

Ex 4. Check all zip archives in a custom directory for MD5 consistency and generate a log file.

$ esahub doctor --dir=/path/to/dir/ --mode=md5 --log

Python API

from esahub import scihub
query = {'mission': 'Sentinel-1',
         'geo': 'POINT(-9.0 53.0)',
         'time': 'today'}
files =



  • pyyaml
  • numpy
  • lxml
  • shapely
  • python-dateutil
  • pytz
  • tqdm


  • pyproj
  • netCDF4


  • libgeos_c

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