Web Coverage Service

WCS Request

The Sentinel Hub WCS (Web Coverage Service) service conforms to the WCS standard. Provides access to the same bands product and additional informational layers as the WMS service except only one layer can be specified at once, even when only raw Sentinel-2 bands are used. In addition to raster products, the WCS service can also return the vector features of the Sentinel-2 tiles' metadata. As with the WMS service, WCS is also only available via a user-preconfigured custom server instance URL.

See our OGC API Webinar, which will guide you through different OGC services, including WCS, help you understand the structure, show you how to run the requests in different environments and how they can be integrated with QGIS, ArcGIS and web applications.

The base URL for the WCS service:


The service supports the same output formats as the WMS request (with addition of vector output formats, when "TILE" is selected as the COVERAGE) and supports the standard WCS requests: GetCoverage, DescribeCoverage and GetCapabilities. It supports WCS versions 1.0.0 and 1.1.2.

WCS URL Parameters

Standard common WCS URL parameters (parameter names are case insensitive):

WCS parameterInfo
SERVICERequired, must be "WCS".
VERSIONWCS version standard. Optional, default: "1.1.2". Supported values: "1.0.0" and "1.1.2".
REQUESTWhat is requested, valid values: GetCoverage, DescribeCoverage or GetCapabilities. Required.
TIME(when REQUEST = GetTile) The time range for which to return the results. The result is based on all scenes between the specified times conforming to the cloud coverage criteria and stacked based on priority setting - e.g. most recent on top. It is written as two time values in ISO8601 format separated by a slash, for example: TIME=2016-01-01T09:02:44Z/2016-02-01T11:00:00Z. Reduced accuracy times, where parts of the time string are omitted, are also supported. For example, TIME=2016-07-15/2016-07-15 will be interpreted as "TIME=2016-07-15T00:00:00Z/2016-07-15T23:59:59Z" and TIME=2016-07/2016-08 will be interpreted as "TIME=2016-07-01T00:00:00Z/2016-08-31T23:59:59Z"
Optional, default: none (the last valid image is returned).

Note: Requesting a single value for TIME parameter is deprecated. Sentinel Hub interpreted it as a time interval [given time - 6 months, given time]. For vast majority of cases this resulted in unnecessary long processing time thus we strongly encourage you to always use the smallest possible time range instead.

In addition to the standard WCS URL parameters, the WCS service also supports many custom URL parameters. See Custom service URL parameters for details.

Standard GetCoverage request URL parameters:

WCS parameterInfo
COVERAGEThe preconfigured (in the instance) layer for which to generate the output image, or "TILE" to return the vector format features.
FORMATThe returned image format. Optional, default: "image/png", other options: "image/jpeg", "image/tiff". Detailed information about supported values.

Standard DescribeCoverage request URL parameters:

WCS parameterInfo
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