The Sentinel-2 mission is a land monitoring constellation of two satellites that provide high resolution optical imagery and provide continuity for the current SPOT and Landsat missions. The mission will provide a global coverage of the Earth's land surface every 10 days with one satellite (and 5 days with 2 satellites), making the data of great use in on-going studies.

Sentinel-2 delivers high-resolution optical images for land monitoring, emergency response and security services. The satellite carries a multispectral imager with a swath of 290 km. The imager provides a versatile set of 13 spectral bands spanning from the visible and near infrared to the shortwave infrared, featuring four spectral bands at 10 meter, six bands at 20 meter and three bands at 60 meter spatial resolution.

Sentinel-2 is the result of close collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, industry, service providers and data users.

Each file is its own object in the sentinel-s2-l1c Amazon S3 bucket. The data are organised into tiles using the Military grid system. The basic data format is the following:

tiles/UTM code/latitude band/square/year/month/day/sequence/DATA

For example, the files for an individual scene are available in the following location:


  • UTM code = 10 - grid zone designator
  • latitude band = S - latitude band are lettered C- X (omitting the letters "I" and "O")
  • square = DG - pair of letters designating one of the 100,000 meter side grid squares inside the grid zone
  • year = 2015 - is the year the data was collected
  • month = 12 - is the month of the year the data was collected (without leading zeros)
  • day = 7 - is the day of the month the data was collected (without leading zeros)
  • sequence = 0 - in cases where there are more images per day, the following images will be 1, 2, …
  • DATA - data for each tile are organised as in original product (S2 MSI Product Specification)

You can list all available files or download an individual image band like in the commands below.

aws s3 ls sentinel-s2-l1c


aws s3 cp s3://sentinel-s2-l1c/tiles/6/U/UG/2015/11/29/0/B03.jp2 B03.jp2

The following ARN is for an Amazon SNS topic that provides notifications whenever a new Sentinel-2 product has been added to S3:


This topic publishes an Amazon S3 event message whenever a product has been fully ingested to Amazon S3. It will only accept subscriptions via Amazon SQS or AWS Lambda.

Learn more about subscribing to SNS topics.

The metadata for a product, which each tile is part of, is available in a parallel folder (productInfo.json contains the name of the product). This can be found in products/year/month/day/product name.

Zipped archives for each product are also available in s3://sentinel-s2-l1c-zips, which is a separate Requester Pays bucket with a retention period of 7 days.

You can access these files like below:

aws s3api get-object --bucket sentinel-s2-l1c-zips --key --request-payer requester

European Commission (Copernicus), ESA
Category Satellite Imagery
Format .jp2, .txt
License Access to Sentinel data is free, full and open for the broad Regional, National, European and International user community. View Terms and Conditions.
Storage Service Amazon S3
Location s3://sentinel-s2-l1c and s3://sentinel-s2-l1c-zips in EU Central region
Update Frequency New Sentinel data are added regularly, usually within few hours after they are available on Sentinel Scientific Hub.

Data ingest is handled by Sinergise and associated code can be found on GitHub.

Browse through data in full resolution via cloud GIS or using standard web services (WMS/WMTS).

Explore in more detail here.

Easy to use browser of Sentinel-2 tiles with possibility to process and download data.

Get started here.

Set up tasks to continuously monitor areas of interest and get notified of new matching imagery, including Sentinel-2.

Start monitoring here.

EOS Data Analytics has created a web application to quickly search for Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 scenes on AWS. The application supports various filters and has ability to view any scene at any scale using any of the band combinations, as well as calculate spectral indices on the fly.

Explore the Earth with the EOS DA Land Viewer.

EOX processed trillions of Sentinel-2 pixels to create a cloudless map of Europe and is making it available for free.

Explore a never cloudy Europe here.

Please post on the OSGeo sentinel-pds list if there are any questions or concerns about this dataset.

Educators, researchers and students can apply for free promotional credits to take advantage of Public Datasets on AWS. If you have a research project that could take advantage of Sentinel-2 on AWS, you can apply for AWS Cloud Credits for Research.