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Data Cube Explorer

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Explorer Screenshot

Usage (quick-start)

Assuming you already have an Open Data Cube instance, Explorer will use its existing settings.

Install Explorer:

pip install datacube-explorer

Generate summaries for all of your products:

cubedash-gen --init --all

Run Explorer locally:


It will now be viewable on http://localhost:8090

Developer Setup

These directions are for running from a local folder in development. But it will run from any typical Python WSGI server.

Firstly, install the Open Data Cube. Use of a Data Cube conda environment is recommended.

Test that you can run datacube system check, and that it's connecting to the correct datacube instance.


Now install the explorer dependencies:

# These two should come from conda if you're using it, not pypi
conda install fiona shapely

pip install -e .

Summary generation

Initialise and create product summaries:

cubedash-gen --init --all

(This can take a long time the first time, depending on your datacube size.)

Other available options can be seen by running cubedash-gen --help.


A simple cubedash-run command is available to run Explorer locally:

$ cubedash-run
    * Running on http://localhost:8080/ (Press CTRL+C to quit)

(see cubedash-run --help for list of options)

But Explorer can be run using any typical python wsgi server, for example gunicorn:

pip install gunicorn
gunicorn -b '' -w 4 cubedash:app

Products will begin appearing one-by-one as the summaries are generated in the background. If impatient, you can manually navigate to a product using /<product_name. (Eg /ls5_nbar_albers)

Code Style

All code is formatted using black, and checked with pyflakes.

They are included when installing the test dependencies:

pip install --upgrade --no-deps --extra-index-url 'datacube' 'digitalearthau'

pip install -e .[test]

Run make lint to check your changes, and make format to format your code automatically.

You may want to configure your editor to run black automatically on file save (see the Black page for directions), or install the pre-commit hook within Git:

Pre-commit setup

A pre-commit config is provided to automatically format and check your code changes. This allows you to immediately catch and fix issues before you raise a failing pull request (which run the same checks under Travis).

Install pre-commit from pip, and initialise it in your repo:

pip install pre-commit
pre-commit install

Your code will now be formatted and validated before each commit. You can also invoke it manually by running pre-commit run

Note: If you use Conda, install from conda-forge (This is required because the pip version uses virtualenvs which are incompatible with Conda's environments)

conda install pre_commit


Can I use a different datacube environment?

Set ODC's environment variable before running the server:


You can always see which environment/settings will be used by running datacube system check.

See the ODC documentation for config and datacube environments

Can I add custom scripts or text to the page (such as analytics)?

Create one of the following *.env.html files:

  • Global include: for <script> and other tags at the bottom of every page.

  • Footer text include. For human text such as Copyright statements.

    echo "Server <strong>staging-1.test</strong>" > cubedash/templates/include-footer.env.html

(*.env.html is the naming convention used for environment-specific templates: they are ignored by Git)

How can I configure the deployment?

Add a file to the current directory called

You can alter default Flask or Flask Cache settings (default "CACHE_TYPE: null"), as well as some cubedash-specific settings:

# Default product to display (picks first available)
CUBEDASH_DEFAULT_PRODUCTS = ('ls8_nbar_albers', 'ls7_nbar_albers')

# Optional title for this Explorer instance to put at the top of every page.
# Eg. "NCI"
# If the STAC_ENDPOINT_TITLE is set (below), it will be the default for this value.

# Specify product grouping in the top menu.
# Expects a series of `(regex, group_label)` pairs. Each product will be grouped into the first regexp that matches
# anywhere in its name. Unmatched products have their own group see CUBEDASH_DEFAULT_GROUP_NAME, group names shouldn't
include the default name.
# eg "(('^usgs_','USGS products'), ('_albers$','C2 Albers products'), ('level1','Level 1 products'), )"
# Otherwise, group by a single metadata field in the products:
# Ungrouped products will be grouped together in this size.
# Ungrouped products will be grouped together using this name
# Maximum search results
# Dataset records returned by '/api'
# Maximum number of source/derived datasets to show

# How many days of recent datasets to show on the "/arrivals" page?

# Include load performance metrics in http response.

# Which theme to use (in the cubedash/themes folder)

# The default license to show for products that don't have one.
#     license is optional, but the stac API collections will not pass validation if it's null)
#     Either a SPDX License identifier, 'various' or 'proprietary'
#     Example value: "CC-BY-SA-4.0"

# Customise '/stac' endpoint information
STAC_ENDPOINT_ID = 'my-odc-explorer'
STAC_ENDPOINT_DESCRIPTION = 'Optional Longer description of this endpoint'


# Should search results include the full properties of every Stac Item by default?
# Full searches are much slower because they use ODC's own raw metadata table.
# (Users can append "_full=true" to requests to manually ask for full metadata.
#  Or preferrably, follow the `self` link of the Item record to get the whole record)

# If you'd like S3 URIs to be transformed to HTTPS links then
# set this to a valid AWS region string. Otherwise set it to None to not do this.
CUBEDASH_DATA_S3_REGION = "ap-southeast-2"

# Default map view when no data is loaded.
# The default values will depend on the CUBEDASH_THEME (eg. 'africa' theme defults to Africa)
default_map_zoom = 3
default_map_center = [-26.2756326, 134.9387844]

Sentry error reporting is supported by adding a SENTRY_CONFIG section. See their documentation.

How do I modify the css/javascript?

The CSS is compiled from Sass, and the Javascript is compiled from Typescript.

Install npm, and then install them both:

npm install -g sass typescript

You can now run make static to rebuild all the static files, or individually with make style or make js.

Alternatively, if using PyCharm, open a Sass file and you will be prompted to enable a File Watcher to compile automatically.

PyCharm will also compile the Typescript automatically by ticking the "Recompile on changes" option in Languages & Frameworks -> Typescript.

How do I run the integration tests?

The integration tests run against a real postgres database, which is dropped and recreated between each test method:

Install the test dependencies: pip install -e .[test]

Simple test setup

Set up a database on localhost that doesn't prompt for a password locally (eg. add credentials to ~/.pgpass)

Then: createdb dea_integration

And the tests should be runnable with no configuration: pytest integration_tests

Custom test configuration (using other hosts, postgres servers)

Add a .datacube_integration.conf file to your home directory in the same format as datacube config files.

(You might already have one if you run datacube's integration tests)

Then run pytest: pytest integration_tests

Warning All data in this database will be dropped while running tests. Use a separate one from your normal development db.

Roles for production deployments

The roles directory contains sql files for creating Postgres roles for Explorer. These are suitable for running each Explorer task with minimum needed security permissions.

Three roles are created:

  • explorer-viewer: A read-only user of datacube and Explorer. Suitable for the web interface and cli (cubedash-view) commands.
  • explorer-generator: Suitable for generating and updating summaries (ie. Running cubedash-gen)
  • explorer-owner: For creating and updating the schema. (ie. Running cubedash-gen --init)

Note that these roles extend the built-in datacube role agdc_user. If you created your datacube without permissions, a stand-alone creator of the agdc_user role is available as a prerequisite in the same roles directory.

Docker for Development and running tests

You need to have Docker and Docker Compose installed on your system.

To create your environment, run make up or docker-compose up.

You need an ODC database, so you'll need to refer to the ODC docs for help on indexing, but you can create the database by running make initdb or docker-compose exec explorer datacube system init. (This is not enough, you still need to add a product and index datasets.)

When you have some ODC data indexed, you can run make index to create the Explorer indexes.

Once Explorer indexes have been created, you can browse the running application at http://localhost:5000.

You can run tests by first creating a test database make create-test-db-docker and then running tests with make test-docker.

And you can run a single test in Docker using a command like this: docker-compose --file docker-compose.yml run explorer pytest integration_tests/