May 2020

The fdsnws_scripts are no longer included in SeisComp versions ≥ 4.0.0.

fdsnws_scripts is a collection of next generation distributed data request tools that are based on FDSN web services and the EIDA routing service.


fdsnws_fetch and fdsnws2sds are included in SeisComP 3. A standalone version of the scripts can be installed using

sudo pip install fdsnwsscripts

Common command-line options

The following command-line options are common to all scripts:


show program's version number and exit

-h, --help:

show help message and exit

-v, --verbose:

verbose mode

-u URL, --url=URL:

URL of routing service (default http://geofon.gfz-potsdam.de/eidaws/routing/1/)

-N NETWORK, --network=NETWORK:

network code or pattern

-S STATION, --station=STATION:

station code or pattern


location code or pattern

-C CHANNEL, --channel=CHANNEL:

channel code or pattern

-s STARTTIME, --starttime=STARTTIME:

start time

-e ENDTIME, --endtime=ENDTIME:

end time

-t TIMEOUT, --timeout=TIMEOUT:

request timeout in seconds (default 600)

-r RETRIES, --retries=RETRIES:

number of retries (default 10)

-w RETRY_WAIT, --retry-wait=RETRY_WAIT:

seconds to wait before each retry (default 60)

-n THREADS, --threads=THREADS:

maximum number of download threads (default 5)


URL,user,password file (CSV format) for queryauth

-a AUTH_FILE, --auth-file=AUTH_FILE:

file that contains the auth token

-z, --no-citation

suppress network citation info

-Z, --no-check

suppress checking received routes and data


fdsnws_fetch can be used to request data from FDSNWS dataselect or station service (with EIDA routing), based on command-line parameters or a request file in ArcLink, Breq_Fast or FDSNWS POST format. Result is saved in a single miniSEED file.

Additional command-line options

-l, --longhelp:

show extended help message and exit

-y SERVICE, --service=SERVICE:

target service (default dataselect)


additional query parameter

-p POST_FILE, --post-file=POST_FILE:

request file in FDSNWS POST format

-f ARCLINK_FILE, --arclink-file=ARCLINK_FILE:

request file in ArcLink format

-b BREQFAST_FILE, --breqfast-file=BREQFAST_FILE:

request file in breq_fast format

-o OUTPUT_FILE, --output-file=OUTPUT_FILE:

file where downloaded data is written


Request 60 minutes of the "LHZ" channel of EIDA stations starting with "A" for a seismic event around 2010-02-27 07:00 (UTC). Optionally add "-v" for verbosity. Resulting Mini-SEED data will be written to file "data.mseed".

$ fdsnws_fetch -N '*' -S 'A*' -L '*' -C 'LHZ' -s "2010-02-27T07:00:00Z" -e "2010-02-27T08:00:00Z" -v -o data.mseed

The above request is anonymous and therefore restricted data will not be included. To include restricted data, use a file containing a token obtained from an EIDA authentication service and/or a CSV file with username and password for each node not implementing the EIDA auth extension.

$ fdsnws_fetch -a token.asc -c credentials.csv -N '*' -S 'A*' -L '*' -C 'LHZ' -s "2010-02-27T07:00:00Z" -e "2010-02-27T08:00:00Z" -v -o data.mseed

StationXML metadata for the above request can be requested using the following command:

$ fdsnws_fetch -N '*' -S 'A*' -L '*' -C 'LHZ' -s "2010-02-27T07:00:00Z" -e "2010-02-27T08:00:00Z" -y station -q level=response -v -o station.xml

Multiple query parameters can be used:

$ fdsnws_fetch -N '*' -S '*' -L '*' -C '*' -s "2010-02-27T07:00:00Z" -e "2010-02-27T08:00:00Z" -y station -q format=text -q level=channel -q latitude=20 -q longitude=-150 -q maxradius=15 -v -o station.txt

Bulk requests can be made in ArcLink (-f), breq_fast (-b) or native FDSNWS POST (-p) format. Query parameters should not be included in the request file, but specified on the command line.

$ cat >req.arclink
2010,02,18,12,00,00 2010,02,18,12,10,00 GE WLF BH*
2010,02,18,12,00,00 2010,02,18,12,10,00 GE VSU BH*

$ fdsnws_fetch -f req.arclink -y station -q level=channel -v -o station.xml

In order to access restricted data, you need an authentication token that can be obtained by sending an email to breqfast@webdc.eu, containing

.AUTH your_email_address

The location of token file can be specified with "-a"; if ${HOME}/.eidatoken exists, it is used by default.


fdsnws2sds can be used to download large amounts of waveform data from EIDA FDSN web services. Compared to fdsnws_fetch

  • Only command-line options can be used, no request files.
  • Only waveform requests are supported.
  • Large requests are automatically split into small pieces to avoid exceeding limits.
  • Data is saved as SDS structure.
  • Download can be stopped and restarted.

Additional command-line options

-o OUTPUT_DIR, --output-dir=OUTPUT_DIR:

SDS directory where downloaded data is written

-l MAX_LINES, --max-lines=MAX_LINES

max lines per request (default 1000)

-m MAX_TIMESPAN, --max-timespan=MAX_TIMESPAN

max timespan per request in minutes (default 1440)


$ fdsnws2sds -N 7G -s 2014-04-01 -e 2018-01-01 -o SDS


fdsnws2seed can be used to obtain full SEED and dataless SEED data with EIDA FDSN web services. Usage of fdsnws2seed is recommended when SEED format is required for compatibility with old applications. New applications should use FDSN StationXML instead of SEED.

Additional command-line options


additional query parameter

-p POST_FILE, --post-file=POST_FILE:

request file in FDSNWS POST format

-f ARCLINK_FILE, --arclink-file=ARCLINK_FILE:

request file in ArcLink format

-b BREQFAST_FILE, --breqfast-file=BREQFAST_FILE:

request file in breq_fast format

-d, --dataless:

create dataless SEED volume

-l LABEL, --label=LABEL:

label of SEED volume

-o OUTPUT_FILE, --output-file=OUTPUT_FILE:

file where SEED data is written


$ cat >req.breq
.NAME Joe Seismologist
.INST GFZ Potsdam
WLF GE 2017 08 01 12 00 00.0000 2017 08 01 12 10 00.0000 01 BH?

$ ./fdsnws2seed -v -r 1 -b req.breq -o req.seed