The tools listed below can be used with MODIS data. Some were created by NSIDC and some were created by other sources. NSIDC only supports and maintains those tools that reside on the domain.


NSIDC Data Tutorials

The NSIDC Data Tutorials GitHub repository contains tutorials and code resources provided by the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). These tutorials are provided as Python-based Jupyter notebooks that provide guidance on working with various data products, including how to access, subset, transform, and visualize data.

A recording of this tutorial is now available on YouTube. Click here to see the video.

The MODIS Swath-to-Grid Toolbox

The MODIS Swath-to-Grid Toolbox (MS2GT) is a set of software tools that reads HDF-EOS files containing MODIS swath data and produces flat binary files containing gridded data in a variety of map projections. MS2GT can produce a seamless output grid from multiple input files corresponding to successively acquired, 5-minute MODIS scenes.

Hierarchical Data Format - Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS)

Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) is the standard data format for all NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) data products. HDF is a multi-object file format developed by The HDF Group. NSIDC created this site to answer common questions about HDF-EOS and to provide simple methods for working with the HDF-EOS format. Please note that NSIDC does not maintian the HDF Group libraries.

Tools from Other Sources

NSIDC does not support or maintain the tools listed below.


The Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρEEARS) offers a simple and efficient way to access and transform MODIS data. AppEEARS enables users to subset geospatial datasets using spatial, temporal, and band/layer parameters. 

HEG HDF-EOS to GeoTIFF Conversion Tool

This free tool converts many types of HDF-EOS data to GeoTIFF, native binary, or HDF-EOS grid format. It also has reprojection, resampling, subsetting, stitching (mosaicing), and metadata preservation and creation capabilities.


The HDFView is a visual tool for browsing and editing the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) HDF4 and HDF5 files. Using HDFView, you can view a file hierarchy in a tree structure, create a new file, add or delete groups and datasets, view and modify the content of a dataset, add, delete, and modify attributes, and replace I/O and GUI components such as table view, image view, and metadata view.

NASA LaRC Satellite Overpass Predictor

This utility helps users obtain an estimate of the next opportunities for Terra or Aqua to image a location on Earth by entering the latitude and longitude for your location. The information returned is based on output from the NASA LaRC Satellite Overpass Predictor, and includes both day and night possibilities.

The MODIS Conversion Toolkit (MCTK)

An ENVI plugin that can ingest, process, and georeference every known MODIS data product using either a graphical widget interface or a batch programmatic interface. This includes MODIS products distributed with EASE-Grid projections.