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Developer Resources

At Planet, we love our developer users and are inspired by the creative and innovative ways they are building on our imagery. To help developers get started, Planet offers several tools, guides, and example projects, created by Planet's own software developers, developers at partner companies, and independent developers in the Planet ecosystem. Need an API key? Sign up for a free account to access our open archive of California data, available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Client libraries and developer tools

Planet offers two open-source client packages to make it easier for developers to use the Planet APIs. Within the Planet ecosystem, there are also several several plugins, drivers, and helper scripts for accessing, analyzing, and visualizing Planet data (check back for updates).


We take documentation seriously, and we offer several types of docs for our users, including API specs, reference documentation, user guides, and interactive notebooks.

Example projects, guides, and code samples

Here are examples of interesting projects built with Planet’s data and tools, created by folks in our growing community of developers, data visualizers, and analysts.

  • Python from Space: Kat Scott's Pycon 2017 talk about using Python tools to process satelitte imagery and visualize data extracted from that imagery
  • Cloudless: Open Source Deep Learning Pipeline for Orbital Satellite Data
  • Planet's Jupyter notebooks: open-source code samples and guides from developers in the Planet community, available under an Apache 2 license
  • Google Earth Engine Pipeline CLI

Interested in building on Planet data?

Planet offers several programs for developer users who want to build on our data.

  • Sign up for a free account: Sign up for a free account and get access to Planet's open archive of California imagery, available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
  • Open California: Join our growing community of image analysts, scientists, developers, and researchers to experiment with a wide range of imagery available under an CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Perform in-depth data analysis, develop exciting new applications and tools, and power up products.
  • Planet Education and Research Program: Researchers, educators, and academics can apply for access to Planet data for non-commercial research purposes.