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There are a number of ways to access data held in the USGS archives. There are no restrictions on Landsat data downloaded from USGS EROS, and it can be used or redistributed as desired. However, a statement of the data source when citing, copying, or reprinting USGS Landsat data or images is requested. Details can be found on the EROS Data Citation page.

Landsat Level-1 Data Products

Landsat Level-1 Data Products held in the USGS archives can be searched on the following pages:

EarthExplorer  Allows geographical searches of data held in the USGS archives

Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis)  A browse-based viewer for USGS Landsat Archive data sets

LandsatLook Viewer  A prototype tool that allows rapid online viewing and access to the USGS Landsat archive

The Level-1 Data Products for many scenes are available for immediate download from the websites listed above; processing requests (order) can be placed for scenes not downloadable, using the same websites. After an order is placed and the data are processed, an email notification is returned with the direct download location. Processing generally takes 1-3 days.

Before downloading Landsat data, it is important to understand that a number of files will be included, and how the individual band files work together in image processing software to create a final RGB color image. Please see these pages for more details:

Landsat Data Bulk Download - This link will open the USGS Registration Sign In page. After successful sign in, the Bulk Download page will be displayed, with instructions on using this utility.

Higher Level Science Data Products

Surface Reflectance and other high level science data products can be ordered through the following pages:

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) On Demand Interface

To begin the order, upload a text file (*.txt) listing one Landsat Level-1 or MODIS scene identifier (filename) on each line. Scene identifiers can be found in the search results on EarthExplorer or GloVis .

After uploading the scene list text file, a number of options can be selected, including:

  • Source products (Original input Level-1 product or metadata)
  • Top of Atmosphere Reflectance, Surface Reflectance (SR), or Band 6 Brightness Temperature products
  • Surface Reflectance-based Spectral Indices (NDVI, NDMI, NBR, SAVI, EVI)
  • Customizable output options: data format, reprojection, modifying the image extents, and pixel resizing
  • Intercomparison and Output Product Statistics Plotting

All orders submitted through ESPA are processed within 2-5 days. Email notifications are sent after the order is placed, and also after the data is processed and ready to download. *Note: Data requested through ESPA are not accessible using the EarthExplorer interface or Bulk Download Application (BDA).


EarthExplorer allows ordering of only the Surface Reflectance (SR) data product. Requests from EarthExplorer are sent to the ESPA On-Demand interface for processing and data delivery.

Bulk Download Options for High Level Science Data Products

RSS Feed and DownThemAll – Utilizes Mozilla Firefox web browser’s DownThemAll Utility

ESPA Bulk Download Client - Utilizes Python scripts for data downloads


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