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RasterFrames® brings together Earth-observation (EO) data access, cloud computing, and DataFrame-based data science. The recent explosion of EO data from public and private satellite operators presents both a huge opportunity as well as a challenge to the data analysis community. It is Big Data in the truest sense, and its footprint is rapidly getting bigger.

RasterFrames provides a DataFrame-centric view over arbitrary raster data, enabling spatiotemporal queries, map algebra raster operations, and compatibility with the ecosystem of Spark ML algorithms. By using DataFrames as the core cognitive and compute data model, it is able to deliver these features in a form that is both accessible to general analysts and scalable along with the rapidly growing data footprint.

Please see the Getting Started section of the Users' Manual to start using RasterFrames.

User Resources


Community contributions are always welcome. To get started, please review our contribution guidelines, code of conduct, and reach out to us on gitter so the community can help you get started!

RasterFrames is part of the LocationTech Stack.

It is written in Scala, but with Python bindings. If you wish to contribute to the development of RasterFrames, or you wish to build it from scratch, you will need sbt. Then clone the repository from GitHub.

git clone
cd rasterframes

To publish to your local repository:

sbt publishLocal

You can run tests with

sbt test

and integration tests

sbt it:test

The documentation may be built with

sbt makeSite

Additional, Python sepcific build instruction may be found at pyrasterframes/src/main/python/

Copyright and License

RasterFrames is released under the commercial-friendly Apache 2.0 License, copyright Astraea, Inc. 2017-2021.

Commercial Support

As the sponsors and developers of RasterFrames, Astraea, Inc. is uniquely positioned to expand its capabilities. If you need additional functionality or just some architectural guidance to get your project off to the right start, we can provide a full range of consulting and development services around RasterFrames. We can be reached at