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geeup: Simple CLI for Earth Engine Uploads

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This tool came of the simple need to handle batch uploads of both image assets to collections but also thanks to the new table feature the possibility of batch uploading shapefiles into a folder. Though a lot of these tools including batch image uploader is part of my other project geeadd which also includes additional features to add to the python CLI, this tool was designed to be minimal so as to allow the user to simply query their quota, upload images or tables and also to query ongoing tasks and delete assets. I am hoping this tool with a simple objective proves useful to a few users of Google Earth Engine.

-If you find this tool useful, star and cite it as below

Samapriya Roy. (2022). samapriya/geeup: geeup: Simple CLI for Earth Engine Uploads (0.5.3).

ReadMe Page:

Table of contents


This assumes that you have native python & pip installed in your system, you can test this by going to the terminal (or windows command prompt) and trying

python and then pip list

geeup now only support Python v3.4 or higher from geeup version 0.3.3

This command line tool is dependent on functionality from GDAL For installing GDAL in Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gdal-bin
sudo apt-get install python-gdal

Windows Setup

Shapely and a few other libraries are notoriously difficult to install on windows machines so follow the steps mentioned here before installing porder. You can download and install shapely and other libraries from the Unofficial Wheel files from here download depending on the python version you have. Do this only once you have install GDAL. I would recommend the steps mentioned above to get the GDAL properly installed. However I am including instructions to using a precompiled version of GDAL similar to the other libraries on windows. You can test to see if you have gdal by simply running


in your command prompt. If you get a read out and not an error message you are good to go. If you don't have gdal try Option 1,2 or 3 in that order and that will install gdal along with the other libraries

Option 1:

Starting from geeup v0.3.4 onwards:

Simply run geeup -h after installation. This should go fetch the extra libraries you need and install them. Once installation is complete, the porder help page will show up. This should save you from the few steps below.

Option 2:

If this does not work or you get an unexpected error try the following commands. You can also use these commands if you simply want to update these libraries.

pipwin refresh
pipwin install gdal

Option 3

For Windows I also found this guide from UCLA

Also for Ubuntu Linux I saw that this is necessary before the install

sudo apt install libcurl4-openssl-dev libssl-dev

This also needs earthengine cli to be installed and authenticated on your system and earthengine to be callable in your command line or terminal

To install geeup: Simple CLI for Earth Engine Uploads you can install using two methods.

pip install geeup

or you can also try

git clone
cd geeup
python install

For Linux use sudo or try pip install geeup --user.

I recommend installation within a virtual environment. Find more information on creating virtual environments here.

GEE authenticate

This tool assumes that you have a Google Earth Engine account. The earthengine command line tool needs to be authenticated using a Google account.

earthengine authenticate

or in a terminal you can also use

earthengine authenticate --quiet

Getting started

As usual, to print help:


To obtain help for specific functionality, simply call it with help switch, e.g.: geeup zipshape -h. If you didn't install geeup, then you can run it just by going to geeup directory and running python [arguments go here]

geeup Simple CLI for Earth Engine Uploads

The tool is designed to handle batch uploading of images and tables(shapefiles). While there are image collection where you can batch upload imagery, for vector or shapefiles you have to batch upload them to a folder.

geeup Quota

Just a simple tool to print your earth engine quota quickly. Since Google Earth Engine also allows you to use Cloud Projects instead of the standard legacy folders, this tool now has the option to pass the project path (usually projects/project-name/assets/)


usage: geeup quota [-h] [--project PROJECT]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help         show this help message and exit

Optional named arguments:
  --project PROJECT  Project Name usually in format projects/project-

geeup Zipshape

So here's how table upload in Google Earth Engine works, you can either upload the component files shp, shx, prj and dbf or you can zip these files together and upload it as a single file. The pros for this is that it reduces the overall size of the shapefile after zipping them along, this tool looks for the shp file and finds the subsidiary files and zips them ready for upload. It also helps when you have limited upload bandwidth. Cons you have to create a replicate structure of the file system, but it saves on bandwidth and auto-arranges your files so you don't have to look for each additional file.


usage: geeup zipshape [-h] --input INPUT --output OUTPUT

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit

Required named arguments.:
  --input INPUT    Path to the input directory with all shape files
  --output OUTPUT  Destination folder Full path where shp, shx, prj and dbf
                   files if present in input will be zipped and stored

geeup getmeta

This script generates a generalized metadata using information parsed from gdalinfo and metadata properties. For now it generates metadata with image name, x and y dimension of images and the number of bands.


usage: geeup getmeta [-h] --input INPUT --metadata METADATA

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit

Required named arguments.:
  --input INPUT        Path to the input directory with all raster files
  --metadata METADATA  Full path to export metadata.csv file

Cookie Setup

This method was added since v0.4.6 and uses a third party chrome extension to simply code all cookies. This step is now the only stable method for uploads and has to be completed before any upload process. The chrome extension is simply the first one I found and is no way related to the project and as such I do not extend any support or warranty for it.

The chrome extension I am using is called Copy Cookies and you can find it here

It does exactly one thing, copies cookies over and in this case we are copying over the cookies after logging into


Import things to Note

  • Open a brand browser window while you are copying cookies (do not use an incognito window as GEE does not load all cookies needed), if you have multiple GEE accounts open on the same browser the cookies being copied may create some read issues at GEE end.
  • Clear cookies and make sure you are copying cookies from in a fresh browser instance if upload fails with a Unable to read error.
  • Make sure you save the cookie for the same account which you initiliazed using earthengine authenticate

To run cookie_setup and to parse and save cookie user

geeup cookie_setup
  • For Bash the cannonical mode will allow you to only paste upto 4095 characters and as such geeup cookie_setup might seem to fail for this use the following steps

  • Disable cannonical mode by typing stty -icanon in terminal

  • Then run geeup cookie_setup

  • Once done reenable cannonical mode by typing stty icanon in terminal

For mac users change default login shell from /bin/zsh to /bin/sh, the command stty -icanon works as expected, thanks to Issue 41

Since cookies generated here are post login, theoretically it should work on accounts even with two factor auth or university based Single Sign on GEE accounts but might need further testing

geeup upload

The script creates an Image Collection from GeoTIFFs in your local directory. By default, the image name in the collection is the same as the local directory name. The upload tool now allows only supports using cookies from your browser for uploads. It saves the cookie temporarily and uses it automatically till it expires when it asks you for cookie list again. For more details on cookie setup go here. Optional arguments now includes passing both Pyramiding strategy (default is set to Mean) as well as no data value.

geeup upload -h
usage: geeup upload [-h] --source SOURCE --dest DEST -m METADATA [--nodata NODATA] [--pyramids PYRAMIDS] [-u USER]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

Required named arguments.:
  --source SOURCE       Path to the directory with images for upload.
  --dest DEST           Destination. Full path for upload to Google Earth Engine image collection, e.g. users/pinkiepie/myponycollection
  -m METADATA, --metadata METADATA
                        Path to CSV with metadata.
  -u USER, --user USER  Google account name (gmail address).

Optional named arguments:
  --nodata NODATA       The value to burn into the raster as NoData (missing data)
  --pyramids PYRAMIDS   Pyramiding Policy, MEAN, MODE, MIN, MAX, SAMPLE

Example setup would be


If you are using cookies for image upload setup would be

geeup upload --source "full path to folder with GeoTIFFs" --dest "Full path for upload to Google Earth Engine, e.g. users/pinkiepie/myponycollection" --metadata "Full path for metadata file.csv" --user " authenticated and used with GEE" --nodata 0 --pyramids MODE

geeup tabup

This tool allows you to batch download tables/shapefiles/CSVs to a folder. It uses a modified version of the image upload and a wrapper around the earthengine upload cli to achieve this while creating folders if they don't exist and reporting on assets and checking on uploads. This only requires a source, destination and your ee authenticated email address. The table upload tool now allows only supports using cookies from your browser for uploads. It saves the cookie temporarily and uses it automatically till it expires when it asks you for cookie list again. For more details on cookie setup go here.

geeup tabup -h
usage: geeup tabup [-h] --source SOURCE --dest DEST [-u USER] [--x X] [--y Y]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

Required named arguments.:
  --source SOURCE       Path to the directory with zipped files or CSV files for upload.
  --dest DEST           Destination. Full path for upload to Google Earth Engine folder, e.g. users/pinkiepie/myfolder
  -u USER, --user USER  Google account name (gmail address).

Optional named arguments:
  --x X                 Column with longitude value
  --y Y                 Column with latitude value

Example setup


If you are using cookies for table upload setup would be

geeup tabup --source "full path to folder with Zipped Shapefiles/CSV files" --dest "Full path for upload to Google Earth Engine, e.g. users/pinkiepie/folder" --user " authenticated and used with GEE"

geeup tasks

This script counts all currently running, ready, completed, failed and canceled tasks along with failed tasks. This tool is linked to your google earth engine account with which you initialized the earth engine client. This takes no argument.

usage: geeup tasks [-h]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

geeup delete

The delete is recursive, meaning it will also delete all children assets: images, collections, and folders. Use with caution!

usage: geeup delete [-h] id

positional arguments:
  id          Full path to asset for deletion. Recursively removes all
              folders, collections and images.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit



  • Major version removed selenium support as stable method
  • Overall improvements to performance and codebase
  • Updated docs and ReadMe


  • Fixed GDAL check for package


  • Now support both zipped shapefile as well as batch CSV upload
  • General Improvements


  • fixed typo in version check


  • Improvements to redundancy in code
  • Improvements to version check for tool
  • General cleanup


  • Fixed issue with epoch time conversion for 1970s and issue with second vs millisecond parsing


  • Both table and image upload support using cookies and better error handling.
  • Improved zipshape tool to avoid error handling
  • Image upload to collection now support pyramiding policy
  • Cookie setup tool now auto enables long string for Linux


  • Now pass cookies for authentication and image and table uploaders.
  • Added readme docs and feature to the tool
  • Minor improvements to the overall tool.


  • Replaced firefox_options with options for selenium 3.14 and higher related to issue 24 for selsetup
  • updated earthengine-api requirement to 0.1.238
  • update tasks fetch from earthengine api


  • Replaced firefox_options with options for selenium 3.14 and higher related to issue 24


  • Updated quota tool to handle Google Cloud Projects in GEE


  • Fixed issue with geckodriver path and better path parsing
  • Added CI check for geckodriver


  • Fixed selenium parser issue Issue 19
  • Implemented Cloud API fix for table uploads
  • Improved Cloud API fix for Imagery upload with improved manifest handling
  • Improvement and code cleanup


  • Updated earthengine API library requirements to 0.1.222
  • Added version check tool for auto version check with PyPI


  • Revisions to account for changes to API and client library 0.1.215
  • Now checks vertex count for each shapefile and logs warning with those exceeding million vertices while zipping.
  • Uses table manifest to perform table uploads designed to be more robust.
  • Simpler recursive delete functionality.
  • Overall General improvements.


  • Fixed downloader for pipwin for release >= 0.4.8
  • Improved overall package installation for windows
  • Check pipwin import version to get release 0.4.9


  • Supports python3 only since v0.3.4
  • Added stackoverflow based auth fix for some users Issue 13 and Issue 16.
  • General improvements.


  • Added fix for handling no data in manifests while uploading.


  • Fixed issue with selsetup.


  • Fixed issue with raw_input and input for selsetup.
  • Fixed selenium path for windows and other platforms.
  • General improvements to ReadMe


  • Fixed (issue 13)[#13] non relative import.
  • Fixed issues with package import.


  • Fixed issues caused by --no-use_cloud_api in earthengine-api package


  • Fix to handle case senstive platform type for all os Fix to Issue 11


  • Fixed geckodriver path to handle macos Fix to Issue 10


  • Now allows for downloading geckodriver for macos Fix to Issue 10
  • Now includes a metadata tool to generate a generalized metadata for any raster to allow upload. Fix to Issue 7
  • Changed from geeup update to init to signify initialization
  • Added selsetup this tool allows for setting up the gecko driver with your account incase there are issues uploading
  • Better error handling for selenium driver download


  • Made general improvements
  • Better error handling for selenium driver download


  • Can now handle generalized metadata (metadata is now required field)
  • Fixed issues with table upload
  • Overall code optimization and handle streaming upload


  • Changes to handle PyDL installation for Py2 and Py3
  • Removed Planet uploader to make tool more generalized


  • Multipart encoder using requests toolbelt for streaming upload
  • Changed manifest upload methodology to match changes in earthengine-api



  • Fixed issue with gecko driver paths
  • Fixed issue with null uploads using task, switched to ee CLI upload


  • OS based geckdriver path fix
  • General improvements


  • fixed issues with extra arguments
  • Upload issue resolved
  • General dependency


  • fixed dependency issues
  • Upload post issues resolved
  • Removed dependency on poster for now


  • fixed attribution and dependecy issues
  • Included poster to improve streaming uploads
  • All uploads now use selenium


  • fixed issues with unused imports


  • fixed issues with manifest lib


  • Detailed quota readout
  • Uses selenium based uploader to upload images
  • Avoids issues with python auth for upload


  • Removed unnecessary library imports
  • Minor improvements and updated readme


  • Improved valid table name check before upload
  • Improvements to earth engine quota tool for more accurate quota and human readable