NASA Earth Data Login

This document describes using an Earth Data Account with PODPAC.


  • An Earth Data Login account is needed to access the wealth of data provided by NASA.

  • PODPAC automatically retrieves this data using OpenDAP.

  • OpenDAP needs an authenticated session to retrieve the data.

  • To set up an authenticated session, a user can:

    • save their credentials as part of a PODPAC settings files

    • provide their username and password to the child class of a PyDAP node at runtime

Creating an EarthData Login Account

  • Go to the EarthData Registration Page page and follow the instructions to register an account

  • Go to the EarthData Login Page to log into your account

  • To enable OpenDAP access:

    • Go to your Profile once logged in.

    • Under Applications, click on Authorized Apps

    • Scroll to the bottom and click on APPROVE MORE APPLICATIONS


      • Additional applications may be required to access datasets of interest

    • For each, click the APPROVE button

  • At this stage, your EarthData account should be set up and ready to use for accessing data through OpenDAP

Saving EarthData Credentials in PODPAC Settings

For convenience, PODPAC can store your EarthData login details so that you do not have to provide your username and password at run time or in every script.

NOTE: PODPAC stores your credentials in a plain text file. If this is a security issue for you, do not use this method.

To store your credentials use the following code in an interactive Python session:

from podpac.core.authentication import EarthDataSession
eds = EarthDataSession()

Then follow the on-screen prompts to enter our username and password.

Your credentials will be saved in $HOME\.podpac\settings.json where $HOME is usually C:\users\<USERNAME> on Windows and /home/<USERNAME> on Linux systems.

Setting credentials at Runtime

To set credentials at runtime, you can either provide an authenticated session or the username and password to the PyDAP node or child node. For example

from podpac.authentication import EarthDataSession
eds = EarthDataSession(username=<username>, password=<password>)
from import PyDAP
pydap_node = PyDAP(source=<opendap_url>, auth_session=eds)


from import PyDAP
pydap_node = PyDAP(source=<opendap_url>, username=<username>, password=<password>)