CLI utilities and coding tools#

Use command-line interface (CLI) utilities and coding tools in SEPAL

CLI tools#

The SEPAL platform includes a variety of useful command-line interface (CLI) utilities to help resolve specific problems, such as:

  • Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL)

  • Google Drive (Drive)

  • Google Earth Engine (GEE)

  • GuidosToolbox Workbench (GWB)

  • Open Foris Geospatial Toolkit (OFGT)

  • Orfeo Toolbox (OTB)

These tools can be called directly from the terminal or via any programming language sending commands to the kernel, including R and Python (installed by default on any SEPAL account).


The code executed previously on an existing example.tif file.

gdalinfo example.tif


If you’re running actions from multiple directories or instances, you can open multiple Terminal tabs and name them as you see fit.


If the code you want to execute is taking time, consider running it in the background using nohup.

nohup gdalinfo example.tif

All console outputs will be redirected to a nohup.out in your home directory, but the execution will be running in the background. Thus, you will be able to safely close the terminal or even the browser window without killing your process (for more information about nohup, see this article.

Coding tools#

In the Apps section, there are three coding tools at the top of the list:

  • JupyterLab

  • JupyterNotebook

  • RStudio

They will allow the user to code wokflows in any of the available languages using the corresponding environment in SEPAL. These environments are fully customizable (select the Python or R section to know more).