Overview

Welcome to the Planet API documentation. The Planet API is a RESTful API interface to Planet’s imagery archive. It enables programmatic support for searching, clipping, ordering, and viewing satellite imagery on a map.

What is Planet?

Planet started as a small team of physicists and engineers in a garage building the first Dove satellite. Now, Planet operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites ever. With the 2015 acquisition of Blackbridge and the 2017 acquisition of Terra Bella, we now offer our customers a diverse selection of medium and high resolution data products under one roof.

Our fleet of satellites are collecting a radical new data set with endless, real-world applications. Whether you’re measuring agricultural yields, monitoring natural resources, or aiding first responders after natural disasters, our data is here to lend businesses and humanitarian organizations a helping hand. Planet believes timely, global imagery will empower informed, deliberate and meaningful stewardship of our planet.

How To Become A Planet Developer

Using the Planet API requires that you have a Planet API key. Currently, anyone can sign up for a free account on our website. The free account gives you access to daily medium resolution imagery through our Open California initiative and low-resolution imagery worldwide. Free imagery is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Once you're signed up, you can find your API key in your account settings.

API Reference

The Planet API is extensively annotated via Swagger/OpenAPI. You can browse our reference docs here, and you can find the full specification here (JSON format).

Glossary

If you're new to satellite imagery and remote sensing, check out our glossary for commonly used terms and definitions.

Support

If you require assistance in developing an application that makes use of the Planet API, we recommend exploring or submitting questions tagged with "planet" on GIS StackExchange. Planet staff regularly monitors for questions on StackExchange so make sure to tag to your submission appropriately. We also encourage you to share your own knowledge, so feel free to chime in with your own experience.

Planet’s paid customers have access to priority Enterprise Support and can contact Planet’s support staff directly through our support portal.

Interested in an Enterprise Account?

Learn more here.

Citing Planet Data

From a concept in our garage, to operating the largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites, many people have invested time and energy in developing and enabling access to Planet’s unique data feed. Please cite Planet when using our imagery and tools.

To cite Planet data in publications, please use the following:

Planet Team (2018). Planet Application Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA. https://api.planet.com.