Getting Started

Installation & Configuration

  • Make sure QGIS is downloaded and installed. (Need help? Check out our guide to installing QGIS)

  • Download the plugin zip file here - don't worry about unzipping the file.

  • Launch QGIS and from the dropdown menus along the top, choose Plugins --> Manage and Install Plugins.


  • Use the Install from Zip option in the Manage Plugins window (click the ellipses to navigate to your downloaded zip file).

  • Click Install Plugin. If you see an error, just close and reopen QGIS to begin using the plugin.


Using the Plugin

After installation is complete, make sure the Planet Explorer plugin is activated in the Manage and Install Plugins interface (Plugins --> Manage and Install Plugins...)

Then from the QGIS menu bar, select Web --> Planet Explorer --> Planet Explorer:


Alternatively, you can click the quick icon that by default appears in the tools ribbon in QGIS:


Login to your Planet account

The login interface lets you to login with the email and password associated with your Planet account. Selecting the option to Save Credentials will cache your login within QGIS's authentication system to save time when working in the same project.

Once the plugin is open, you'll see this login interface. Enter your Planet account information, or click the Sign Up! link to be in touch with our team and begin a free 14-day trial. Once logged in, the imagery available to your account will be accessible, along with the same search tools available in Planet Explorer.