What is Earthdata Drive?

  • Earthdata Drive is an alternative to using FTP for bulk data access to the GHRC public data collections as if they are on a local drive.
  • This Earthdata Drive is an experimental tool. This also allows users to bulk download data files from the servers to their desktop folder without having to run any type of script.
  • There is an option to connect with Earthdata Drive via command line clients.
  • In order to use Earthdata Drive, users are required to be registered with NASA Earthdata system. This registration is free. Earthdata Registration or Login Help.

Important Information

Since this tool is experimental at this time, please be sure to provide feedback to the GHRC team. Let us know if you have success, if you like the tool, what problems you encounter or what special steps you had to follow in order to use the tool that are not mentioned above.

How to Contact GHRC User Services

You can contact user and data services by phone or E-mail using the number or address below:

GHRC User Services Office
National Space Science and Technology Center
320 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805

Phone: 256-961-7932
E-mail: support-ghrc@earthdata.nasa.gov

How do I use Earthdata Drive?

Because our users are accustomed to FTP access, the following steps are provided to outline how to set up Earthdata Drive.

Earthdata Drive consists of a WebDAV interface, an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that allows clients to perform remote Web content authoring operations. WebDAV allows you to connect to the GHRC public data server as if it were a local drive on your computer.

To begin, click the link on this page https://ghrcdrive.nsstc.nasa.gov/drive/

In order to connect with WebDAV, you need to use your assigned credentials which consist of your Earthdata login username and the WebDAV password assigned by the system, as shown on the Earthdata Drive page below


One can click the button shown at the bottom of the page to browse files and explore what you might want to download first

Then when ready to connect to the drive, visit the help page for using WebDAV 

Follow the steps outlined for your operating system. Instructions are provided for:

  1. Windows 10

  2. OS X

  3. Linux

  4. Other WebDAV clients

  5. Command line clients like CURL, WGET, Aria2


Other options for connecting are described in the help document



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