Using the GEOFON/FDSN web services

GEOFON offers access to seismic waveform and station metadata using the FDSN web services. Requests may be submitted by anyone, using any suitable web client.

We offer the following services from

  • fdsnws-station - Inventory for networks archived at GFZ. A current list of networks is available. In particular, networks which are coordinated as part of EIDA but not archived here are not available by web service. Their data can be accessed using our data portal or by other methods.
  • fdsnws-dataselect - Real time and archive data for those networks archived at GFZ (not other EIDA data centres). You can check availability with our availability database.

A few example URLs are given below.

We do not offer an fdsnws-event earthquake parameter service, but you may find our popular eqinfo event catalog helpful.


Returns the string "1.1.0".
Returns basic information as FDSN StationXML about all stations in the GEOFON seismic network.
Returns channel-level information as FDSN StationXML for the BHZ channel at GEOFON station Balikpapan, Kalimantan.

Returns the string "1.1.0".
Returns 300 seconds of data from 0600 UTC on 11 March 2011, for the BHZ channel at GEOFON station Balikpapan, Kalimantan.
Requests data from the GEOFON station in Kabul, Afghanistan; since this is not available, the service returns "404 Not Found" instead.

Access to restricted data with webservices

Stations with restricted channels are available through the new (2016) auth extension to FDSN webservices.


  1. The current implementation supports the version 1.1 specification. [Web Services Version 1.1 Specification] There are a few special features, described further at the SeisComP online documentation for
    [Specific page for the 2013.340 release]. In particular you may add
    to return a HTTP response code 404 instead of the usual 204, should no data was found.
  2. There are some limits on the size of requests which will be accepted:
    • There is a maximum number of objects which fdsnws-station will return. This is currently 250000 objects.
    • There is a maximum number of samples which fdsnws-dataselect will return. This is currently 1000 million samples.
    There are also some limits on the total number of simultaneous users. If you plan to send many automatic requests, please arrange to send them slowly to avoid inconveniencing other users.
  3. New (December 2016) The /auth method allows access using token-based authentication. See FDSN web services authentication and authorization at GEOFON.