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How to Authorize NASA GESDISC DATA ARCHIVE in Earthdata Login

When accessing data at Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) through a browser or command-line data tools, one need to be authorized. The authorization is done via Earthdata Login GUI.


  • Select the 'My Applications' tab (Figure 1)


  • This will take you to the applications page which lists all the applications you have authorized to date. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the 'APPROVE MORE APPLICATIONS' button (Figure 2):


  • Clicking on that will take you to the application search page (Figure 3)


  • Enter the application name NASA GESDISC DATA ARCHIVE or a keyword for the application, and click on the green 'SEARCH FOR APPLICATIONS' button. You will be presented with a list of applications matching your search (Figure 4). Note that applications you have already approved will not show up.


  • You may select one or more applications using the check boxes, at which point the green 'APPROVE SELECTED APPLICATIONS' button will be enabled. Clicking on the button will present you with the authorization options (Figure 5):

  • Clicking on the green 'AUTHORIZE' button will now authorize that application!

Note: Note: The authorization options page shows the parts of your user profile that will be provided to the application. You name, username, and email address are always provided and cannot be disabled. The country, user type, affiliation, and study area (if set) will also be provided by default. For successful authorization, these has to be kept on at the default settings.


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Last updated: Aug 04, 2016 09:06 PM ET