last updated: June 14, 2021

Discover, Stream, and Download Planet Imagery in QGIS

Planet Explorer Plugin for QGIS v2 Released

These docs are for the deprecated v1 plugin. For the latest plugin documentation, see here

The Planet Explorer Plugin enables QGIS users to quickly discover, stream, and download Planet imagery and basemaps. The plug-in provides an imagery discovery interface that allows users to search for, stream and download Planet imagery within QGIS.

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


  • QGIS version 3.6 or greater
  • Python 3.6 or greater
  • The user will need to have a Planet subscription or trial for accessing and downloading Planet imagery. Don't have a subscription? Contact our team to learn more.

Learn more at Planet School

Looking for more? Check out this hands-on tutorial that uses Planet Explorer for QGIS to visualize a flood event.

Open Source

The Planet Explorer Plugin is open source and welcomes contributions: https://github.com/planetlabs/qgis-planet-plugin. If you’d like to see a feature, but aren’t sure how to write the code for it, please submit your ideas to the Planet Community.

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