last updated: July 30, 2021

Planet QGIS Plugin V2.1

Planet QGIS Plugin V2.1 Released

These docs are for the new Planet QGIS V2 Plugin. For documentation of the v1 plugin, see here

Planet QGIS Plugin V2 is an open-source plugin that can be installed and added to your QGIS program. In December 2019, Planet released its Planet QGIS Plugin V1, which supported search, streaming and download capabilities for Planet imagery & Basemaps.

In V2, Planet strengthened these features and added new capabilities to help users get the most value from their Planet subscription in QGIS. Updates you can find in V2:

  • Improved metadata display and customization in the Planet Imagery Search Panel
  • New ability to save your search to preserve search filters from the Planet Imagery Search Panel
  • Additional search filters
  • Improved Planet Basemap discovery interface and Basemap download tools
  • Ability to determine contributing source scene in a Planet Basemap
  • Ability to set an AOI for high-res tasking in QGIS
  • And more!

In V2.1, the plugin now has stronger support for imagery downloads, including:

  • Full support for imagery assets across all Planet item types such as rectified and un-rectified assets
  • Consistent download experience between Planet Explorer and the ArcGIS Add-In
  • An improved imagery checkout process with clearer documentation for imagery assets
  • Support for arbitrary geometry clipping and multi-polygon clipping

The Planet QGIS Plugin V2.1 adds a toolbar to your QGIS project with the following panels:

QGIS is a free and open-source GIS desktop application, which anyone can download from the QGIS website.

Warning for QGIS 3.20 users on Macs

We are aware that QGIS V3.20 users are encountering serious issues using the Planet QGIS Plugin on Macs. We are actively troubleshooting the issue with the QGIS team, you can track Issue 44182 here. In the meantime, we recommend that you use a QGIS version between 3.10 and 3.20, such as the 3.16 long term stable release. For further information including instructions on how to downgrade QGIS, please refer to our support page here.


  • QGIS version 3.10 and up is required
  • Python 3.6 or greater
  • Planet subscription or trial for accessing and downloading Planet imagery. Don't have a subscription? Contact our team to learn more.

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