Navigate to your location of interest either by:

  • Panning with the mouse over the map
  • Entering the location in the search box on the right side of the screen Searchbar
  • Uploading your area of interest (AOI) by clicking the AOI icon (after clicking the AOI icon) in the upper right corner of the screen. Import a KML/KMZ-, GPX-, WKT (in EPSG:4326) or GEOJSON/JSON-file to create the AOI that will be used when searching for images and clipping when exporting an image or insert the geometry directly into the EO Browser in all existing file formats.

Sidebar Search-tab:

  • Choose between different Data Sources of satellite imagery by checking the checkboxes on the left side of the screen.
  • Use the Advanced Search toggle switch to select Data Quality and Maximum Cloud Coverage.
  • Select the Time Range manually or use the calendar. You can also filter it by month.
  • Choose a predefined Theme with selected Highlights or log in to use custom configuration instances.
  • Use the Educationmode icon to switch from Normal to Education Mode for the simplified version of the EO Browser. Education mode is based on predefined themes with recommended data sources.
  • You can also search, order, visualize and analyze Very High Resolution (VHR) Commercial Data directly in the EO Browser, tapping into global archives of Planet PlanetScope, Planet SkySat, Airbus Pleiades, Airbus SPOT as well as Maxar WorldView. Observe the planet at high spatial resolution starting at 3 metres and down to 0,5 metres.

Additional Features

  • Use the Area of Interest tool to draw a rectangular or polygonal area of interest by clicking the AOI icon in the upper right corner of the screen or upload your own AOI.
  • Use the Point of Interest tool to mark a point on the map and recentre it by clicking the POI icon.
  • Use the explanation Tooltips for more information about each data source by clicking the Tooltips icon.
  • Use the Showinfo icon to view the full instructions for the EO Browser.


The image/tile information is displayed next to the thumbnail of a selected location:

  • Data Source Name Datasource
  • Sensing Date Sensingdate
  • Sensing Time Sensingtime
  • Cloud Coverage Cloudcoverage
  • MGRS Location MGRS

Additional functionality:

  • Access raw images from AWS or SciHub by clicking on the Rawdata icon.
  • Select one of the tiles shown on the map or in the sidebar with the least cloud coverage and click the Visualize button. You will be directed to the Visualisation tab with a display of mosaicked tiles of the same satellite orbit.

Additional Features

  • Borders, Contours, Labels, Roads and Water Bodies can be toggled on and off by clicking the Layers icon.
  • Choose between Voyager (coloured) or Light (grey) base map in the same list.


Apply various predefined or custom spectral band combinations to visualize images:

  • True color – Visual interpretation of the land cover
  • False color – Visual interpretation of vegetation
  • Highlight Optimized Natural Color
  • NDVI – Vegetation index
  • False color (urban) – Visual interpretation of urbanized areas
  • Moisture Index – Visual interpretation of moisture
  • SWIR – Shortwave-infrared composite
  • NDWI - Normalized Difference Water index
  • NDSI – Normalized Difference Snow index
  • Scene classification map
  • Custom:
    • Composite - Drag&drop single bands to create a simple RGB composite image.
    • Index - Drag&drop single bands into the index equation to create a simple band ratio or a normalized difference index.
    • Custom script - Submit your own piece of java script code that defines how the data is processed and returned.

See the Custom Scripts Webinar for more details.

Find tutorials for Custom script and Index tools on our Education page.

User Configurations - Sentinel Hub users (users with a paying Sentinel Hub subscription), when logged in, can apply one of their configurations from the Configuration Utility Tool to fine-tune the visualization experience and enable the use of advanced functions such as Multi-temporal Processing, etc.

Using Linked Custom Scripts - Use custom scripts that are stored elsewhere, either on Google Drive, GitHub or in our Custom script repository. Paste the URL of the script into a text box in the custom script editing panel and click Refresh Evalscript.

In case you want to download a GeoTIFF that covers, for example, several countries, low-scale exports are also possible.

There are three different download options (you must be signed in to use the Analytical or High-res print options):

  • Basic
    • You can use the Show Captions toggle switch to add data source, date, zoom scale and branding information to the exported images.
    • You can also use the Add Map Overlays toggle switch to add place labels, streets, political boundaries, contours or water bodies to the image or the Show Legend toggle switch to add the legend data.
    • Use Crop to AOI to crop the image to the bounds of the area of interest.
    • Use Draw AOI geometry to draw the area of interest’s geometry on the exported image.
    • Use the textbox to add a short description to the exported image.
    • Choose between two image formats (JPG, PNG).
  • Analytical
    • After preparing the data for download, click the Downloadnew button to download the image in JPG, PNG, KMZ or GeoTIFF format.
    • Choose between different image formats, resolutions and coordinate systems or select your own custom resolution before downloading the image. You can also attach a logo.
    • In the Analytical panel, you can select multiple layers (Visualized/Raw) and download them all in a single ZIP file.
  • High-res print
    • Prepare the selected visual for high-resolution printing by manually selecting a format, size and DPI. Add captions, legends and descriptions as needed.

Additional Features

  • Use the Timespan feature to combine and display satellite images from different orbits by selecting the dates manually or use the calendar.
  • Use the Pin feature to save visualizations for later comparison by clicking on the Pin icon. Your pins will be stored in the application for future use (only for the duration of the session when not being logged in).
  • Use various Effects and Visualization Tools (gain, gamma, etc.) by clicking on the Effects icon.
  • Zoom to the centre of the tile by clicking the Zoom icon.
  • Switch between Hide and Show Layer options by clicking the Layeronoff icon.
  • Change the date of the image directly on the Visualization tab to avoid returning to the results panel. Select it manually or use the calendar.
  • Use the Measure tool for area and distance measurements by clicking the Measure icon.
  • Use the Chart tool to display statistical data for specific layers by clicking the Chart icon. The histogram currently only works for index layers (e.g. NDVI).
  • Create a Timelapse Animation by clicking the Timelapse icon. Choose the AOI, time span, frequency, speed and transition to prepare your timelapse for download.
  • For more information about Timelapse in EO Browser, see our Sentinel Hub Blog. Also note that the timelapse feature supports a maximum of 300 frames at a time. If you need a longer time frame, choose a monthly data option, for example.

Pin & Compare

Find your favourite (pinned) images on the Pins tab. You can generally manage your pins with the following functions:

  • Story - Create a story from pins
  • Share - Create a link to share pins
  • Export (JSON) - Export pins to your computer
  • Import (JSON) - Import pins from a saved file
  • Delete all pins

Pin Story can be created in our pin story builder. For more information, please refer to our Pin Story User Guide.

Sort created pins by date, location, datasetld or title and use some other special functions:

  • Move Pin Movepin
  • Rename Pin Renamepin
  • Add to Compare Compare
  • Show Description Showdescription
  • Remove pin Removepin

Click the Compare tab and compare pinned images in 2 modes:

  • Split (Drag a split slider to the left or right to set the boundary between compared images)
  • Opacity (Drag an opacity slider to the left or right to blend between compared images)

The visual comparison tool allows you to observe changes on the Earth’s surface from 1972 using the Landsat 1-5 MSS data source.

Additional Features

Follow these four simple steps to compare the data:

  1. Search for the area of your interest.
  2. Select criteria:
    • Data quality
    • Time range
    • Cloud coverage
  3. Inspect the resulting data from different sources.
  4. Pin and compare your preferred results.


3D Feature

View Earth Observation Imagery in 3D! Navigate and fly through terrain effortlessly, and when done exploring - pin, share or download your visualization.

Use the Terrain Viewer feature by clicking on the 3D button 3D Button and make use of the following tools:

  • Use Vertical Terrain Scaling to make flatter areas appear more dynamic.
  • Stimulate the Sun’s movements and its projected shadows at any time of the day.
  • Manipulate the Shadow Parameters:
    • Shadow visibility
    • Shadow rendering distance
    • Shadow map size visibility
  • Control the ambient, diffuse and specular factors as well as specular power.
  • Use the Anaglyph Stereo Mode to create two distinct red and blue images to produce a single 3D stereo image (to make use of this effect you need to wear red-cyan glasses).

Check our blog post, to find out what you can do with the Terrain Viewer and see some cool examples.

Contact us if you need more help.