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Planet Plugin for QGIS

Browse, filter, preview and download Planet Inc imagery in QGIS.

Official documentation can be found here


QGIS 3.6 (minimum)

Development Setup

Note, if you just need to install the plugin, jump to Plugin Setup (below).

A quick setup of the development environment needed for the plugin and to work with the Planet API tutorials is available via the conda packaging system.

The dev environ provides:

  • QGIS desktop app
  • Python package of bindings for QGIS
  • Python package of bindings to Qt (LTS version) via PyQt
  • paver Python package
  • planet Python package
  • pip Python package for installing packages (try to use conda packages first, if available)
  • Python packages necessary for Planet API tutorials


First, clone this repository.

Using an install of conda (from miniconda3 or anaconda), load this environment file: qgis3-conda-forge-env.yml (see Managing conda environments)

conda env create -f=/path/to/qgis3-conda-forge-env.yml

This will create a conda environment named qgis3-conda-forge, which you can activate in a Terminal session:

conda activate qgis3-conda-forge

Or, you can use the environ as a basis for your Python interpreter within VSCode, PyCharm or similar IDE that natively supports parsing conda environs.

Then, install the following into the qgis3-conda-forge environ:

conda install --force-reinstall -n qgis3-conda-forge -c conda-forge conda-wrappers

The conda-wrappers utility creates conda environ wrappers for ALL executables/scripts in qgis3-conda-forge/bin, so needs to be run after setting up the environment. The same install --force-reinstall command needs re-run if you install any new packages that add executables/scripts to qgis3-conda-forge/bin, so they can also be wrapped.

The wrapped executables/scripts are available at this path (note added wrappers/conda subdirectories):


For example, you should use the following python3 exe path for IDE setups:


Plugin Setup

To install the latest version of the plugin:

  • Clone this repository or download and unzip the latest code of the plugin, if you have not already.

  • If you do not have paver installed, install it by typing the following in a console (contributor note: it is already in the dev environment):

    pip install paver

  • Open a console in the folder created in the first step, and type

    paver setup

    This will get all the dependencies needed by the plugin.

  • Install into QGIS by running

    paver install

    That will copy the code into your QGIS user plugin folder, or create a symlink in it, depending on your OS.

    NOTE: This paver task only installs to the 'default' QGIS profile; so, you will have to ensure that is the active profile in order to see the plugin. You will also need to initially activate the plugin inside of the QGIS plugin manager.

  • To package the plugin (not needed during development), run

    paver package

    Documentation will be built in the docs folder and added to the resulting zip file. It includes dependencies as well, but it will not download them, so the setup task has to be run before packaging.