last updated: July 26, 2021

Planet's Data API is a RESTful API interface to Planet’s complete imagery catalog. It enables programmatic support for searching all Planet imagery by metadata.

How To Become A Planet Developer

As with all Planet APIs, using the Data API requires that you have a Planet API key: if you don't already have a Planet account, you can sign up for a free trial account website.

Once you're signed up, you can find your API key in your account settings. For more information, check out our quickstart guide for API users.


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

Learn More

When you're ready to dive deeper into using Planet's Data API, you'll find a collection of guides and tutorials on Planet School. You may be interested in this Python tutorial: Getting Started with Data API Search & Download.

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.
  author =    {Planet Team},
  organization = {Planet},
  title =     {Planet Application Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth},
  year =      {2018--},
  url = "https://api.planet.com"

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