Copernicus Data and Exploitation Platform – DE

The CODE-DE Cloud

The CODE-DE Cloud is part of Germany's geoinformation strategy and is optimized for the processing of remote sensing data. CODE-DE is aimed in particular at public authorities and their contractors.


  • The platform provides free, easy and efficient access to remote sensing data on a modern and scalable processing environment.
  • The cloud is implemented in a data center in Frankfurt am Main and is powered by 100% renewable energy.
  • The BSI certification and the C5 attestation confirm the CODE-DE Cloud's suitability as a secure working environment.
  • The architecture and tools of the cloud allow flexible use, from simple data searches, visualization and downloading of data to the implementation of application-specific process chains on your own virtual machines.


CODE-DE's services include not only data provision and cloud services, but also comprehensive support for users. Extensive information material for beginners and advanced users is available on the CODE-DE portal. Training courses for the various requirements are held as online seminars or, on request, as hybrid or on-site courses.


You can get a brief overview of CODE-DE in the following video from the German Space Agency at DLR:
Getting Access to Earth Observation Data - The Copernicus Platform CODE-DE.

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CODE-DE: The German access to Copernicus data

CODE-DE has been providing easy access to data from the Copernicus Program since 2017. Especially for authorities and their contractors, the CODE-DE Cloud offers contingents for free access to satellite data and to the efficient processing environment. Cloud resources are allocated in the form of quotas. Brief instructions on how to apply can be found in the Getting started section on the help page. There you will also find further information on registering with CODE-DE and using the portal.


The allocation of quotas  may be prioritized according to the following categories:


  • German federal authorities and their contractors
  • German state authorities, municipalities and their contractors
  • German research institutions and other non-commercial organisations
  • All those who do not fall into one of the other categories. Examples are users who are not from Germany, students and private users.


Interested parties can apply for time-limited test quotas via a simplified approval procedure in order to gain initial experience with the CODE-DE Cloud.

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The CODE-DE Team

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), the German Space Agency at DLR has commissioned CloudFerro S.A. to set up, operate and further develop the CODE-DE Cloud and connect it to the European EO platform CREODIAS.

As a subcontractor of CloudFerro, Urbetho CF GmbH is the first point of contact for users and is responsible for support, information and training material as well as customer care.

For specific questions about the timeStamp application or the Force DataCube, CODE-DE Support is assisted by experts from LUP – Luftbild Umwelt Planung GmbH and the Department of Geoinformatics - Geospatial Data Science at Trier University.

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