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Utility to search and download Copernicus Sentinel satellite images

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Sentinelsat makes searching, downloading and retrieving the metadata of Sentinel satellite images from the Copernicus Open Access Hub easy.

It offers an easy-to-use command line interface

sentinelsat -u <user> -p <password> --location Berlin --sentinel 2 --cloud 30 --start NOW-1MONTH

and a powerful Python API.

from sentinelsat import SentinelAPI, read_geojson, geojson_to_wkt

api = SentinelAPI('user', 'password')
footprint = geojson_to_wkt(read_geojson('search_polygon.geojson'))
products = api.query(footprint,

Documentation is published at


Install sentinelsat through pip:

pip install sentinelsat


Sentinelsat provides a Python API and a command line interface to search, download and retrieve the metadata for Sentinel products.

Python Library

from sentinelsat import SentinelAPI, read_geojson, geojson_to_wkt
from datetime import date

# connect to the API
api = SentinelAPI('user', 'password', '')

# download single scene by known product id<product_id>)

# search by polygon, time, and Hub query keywords
footprint = geojson_to_wkt(read_geojson('map.geojson'))
products = api.query(footprint,
                     date = ('20151219', date(2015, 12, 29)),
                     platformname = 'Sentinel-2',
                     cloudcoverpercentage = (0, 30))

# download all results from the search

# GeoJSON FeatureCollection containing footprints and metadata of the scenes

# GeoPandas GeoDataFrame with the metadata of the scenes and the footprints as geometries

# Get basic information about the product: its title, file size, MD5 sum, date, footprint and
# its download url

# Get the product's full metadata available on the server
api.get_product_odata(<product_id>, full=True)

Valid search query keywords can be found at the Copernicus Open Access Hub documentation.

Command Line Interface

A basic search query consists of a search area geometry as well as the username and password to access the Copernicus Open Access Hub.

sentinelsat -u <user> -p <password> -g <geojson>

Search areas are provided as GeoJSON files, which can be created with QGIS or If you do not specify a start and end date only products published in the last 24 hours will be queried.


Search and download all Sentinel-1 scenes of type SLC, in descending orbit, for the year 2015.

sentinelsat -u <user> -p <password> -g <search_polygon.geojson> -s 20150101 -e 20151231 -d \
--producttype SLC -q "orbitdirection=Descending" \
--url ""

Username, password and DHuS URL can also be set via environment variables for convenience.

# same result as query above
export DHUS_USER="<user>"
export DHUS_PASSWORD="<password>"
export DHUS_URL=""

sentinelsat -g <search_polygon.geojson> -s 20150101 -e 20151231 -d \
--producttype SLC -q "orbitdirection=Descending"





Username [required] (or environment variable DHUS_USER)




Password [required] (or environment variable DHUS_PASSWORD)



Define another API URL. Default URL is ‘’.




Start date of the query in the format YYYYMMDD or an expression like NOW-1DAY.




End date of the query.




Search area geometry as GeoJSON file.



Select a specific product UUID. Can be set more than once.



Select specific product(s) by filename. Supports wildcards. Can be set more than once.



Limit search to a Sentinel satellite (constellation).



Limit search to a specific instrument on a Sentinel satellite.



Limit search to a Sentinel product type.




Maximum cloud cover in percent. (requires –sentinel to be 2 or 3)




Comma-separated list of keywords to order the result by. Prefix ‘-’ for descending order.




Maximum number of results to return. Defaults to no limit.



Download all results of the query.


Skip all other other downloads if one fails.



Set the path where the files will be saved.




Extra search keywords you want to use in the query. Example: ‘-q producttype=GRD -q polarisationmode=HH’. Repeated keywords are interpreted as an “or” expression.




Create a GeoJSON file at the provided path with footprints and metadata of the returned products. Set to ‘-’ for stdout.



Glob pattern to filter files (within each product) to be downloaded.



Glob pattern to filter files (within each product) to be excluded from the downloaded.



How long to wait for a DataHub response (in seconds, default 60 sec).


Query orbit products form the GNSS end-point (””).



Specify a custom format to print results. The format string shall be compatible with the Python “Format Specification Mini-Language”.


Display DHuS server information.


Show version number and exit.


Print debug log messages.



Show help message and exit.


To run the tests on sentinelsat:

git clone
cd sentinelsat
pip install -e .[dev]
pytest -v

By default, prerecorded responses to Copernicus Open Access Hub queries are used to not be affected by its downtime. To allow the tests to run actual queries against the Copernicus Open Access Hub set the environment variables

export DHUS_USER=<username>
export DHUS_PASSWORD=<password>

and add --disable-vcr to pytest arguments. To update the recordings use --vcr-record with once, new_episodes or all. See vcrpy docs for details.


To build the documentation:

git clone
cd sentinelsat
pip install -e .[dev]
cd docs
make html

The full documentation is also published at


See CHANGELOG. You can also use GitHub’s compare view to see the changes in the main branch since last release.


We invite anyone to participate by contributing code, reporting bugs, fixing bugs, writing documentation and tutorials and discussing the future of this project. Please check CONTRIBUTE.rst.

For a list of maintainers and contributors please see AUTHORS.rst and the contributor graph.



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