IDAHO Layer QGIS Plugin

The IDAHO Layer plugin lets you easily visualize an IDAHO image with QGIS. With the IDAHO Layer Plugin, you can add GBDX IDAHO layers to your map canvas.

The IDAHO Layer Plugin is a plugin to add GBDX IDAHO layers to your map canvas.


The IDAHO Layer Plugin is a python-based viewer plugin. It will allow you to visualize the IDAHO image from within the map view. This plugin should not be used for processing of IDAHO imagery.


The IDAHO layer plugin requires minimal QGIS 2.8 and 2.10 or above to fully work (Properties dialog does not work pre 2.10).

To install the plugin, copy the full sources directory to the python plugins directory under your .qgis2 directory.

Clone the repo

git clone

Copy the full project to your .qgis2/python/plugins directory


copy IDAHOLayerPlugin C:\Users\{USER_NAME}\.qgis2\python\plugins


cp ./IDAHOLayerPlugin ~/.qgis2/python/plugins

Enable the plugin in QGIS

After starting QGIS enable the plugin by selecting Menu->Plugins->Manage and Install Plugins...

In the Plugins Dialog check the IDAHOLayer Plugin and press Close.

How to Use the IDAHO Layers Plugin

Add an IDAHO image

Add an IDAHO image by selecting Menu->Web->IDAHO Layer Plugin->Add IDAHO Layer...

  • Enter the Bucket name into the "Bucket" text field
  • Enter the IDAHO image ID into the "Image ID" text field
  • finally press Add

Verify the service host URL is correct by pressing the Layer Settings button, change the text if need be and click OK. The service URL is http://

Set up Account Settings

The IDAHO plugin uses the GBDX platform authentication, in order to access the system you need to enter your GBDX platform credentials. This is a one time configuration, after setting up account you should not need to change the values.

You'll need the following GBDX credentials:

Credential Where to Find
username The email address you use to sign in to the GBDX web application
password The password you created for the GBDX web application. If you forgot your passwords, you can reset it

Setup your user credentials by pressing the Account Settings button.

  • Enter your user name into the "Username" text field
  • Enter your password into the "Password" text field

  • finally press OK

Note: The IDAHO Layer Plugin uses the same account settings as the DigitalGlobe GBDX plugin. If you have set up your account settings for this plugin, the IDAHO Layer Plugin will use the same values, no other account configuration is needed.

Adjust The Image Properties

Open the Properties dialog by right-clicking the IDAHO layer in the Layers Panel

Note: The IDAHO Layers plugin is derived from QGIS TileLayerPlugin (


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.