How do I download The National Map data products?

Download or access The National Map data products via several applications and websites: 

The National Map Download Client – The primary site for data downloads. See the training videos (lessons 4a-4d) or click the Help link at the top of the Downloader for detailed instructions. 

LidarExplorer – Lidar Point Cloud data only. See where lidar is available, get a list of downloadable products, and download data of interest. Use the Metadata Lineage Reporter to help find lidar source data for lidar-derived products. 

Amazon's Cloud Browse – Directly download files through browsable links. Navigate to the appropriate theme folders to access staged products for download.  

USGS Staged Data - Direct links to files on a USGS server. Navigate to the appropriate theme folders to access staged products for download.  

Download Manager Tool/uGET – For batch downloads of files using URLs saved in a text or CSV file from The National Map Downloader. 

TopoView – For topographic map downloads only. Includes all dates and scales of historical topographic maps (1884-2009) and all dates of US Topo maps (2009-present). 

The National Map Services - Over 40 National Map Web Map Services are available for use.  Subscribe to a Simple Notification Service (SNS) for notifications about any upcoming service changes.  

TNM Access API – REST APIs to access The National Map (TNM) data. Lists of datasets from the USGS ScienceBase Catalog, the list of services available, and search capability for map/data products available from the ScienceBase Catalog. 

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Is there an API for accessing The National Map data?

An Application Programming Interface (API) is a way for developers to interface with data. The National Map (TNM) has one API (TNMAccess) that provides access to all TNM downloadable products that are available to the public through The National Map Download Client . Developers can use HTTP GET and POST requests to directly access products, or use...

How can I submit a question or report issues regarding The National Map products and services?

Submit questions or report issues to The National Map service desk at:

Where can I get metadata for The National Map products and services?

Metadata for The National Map products and services is available through the following sources: In The National Map Viewer , click on the "Layer List" icon above the map, then click on the three dots to the right of the layer and select "Description" in the dropdown menu. Most layers in the Viewer are also available as Download s and/or Services...
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US Topo

US Topo is the next generation of topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Arranged in the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle format, digital US Topo maps are designed to look and feel (and perform) like the traditional paper topographic maps for which the USGS is so well known. In contrast to paper-based maps, US Topo maps provide modern technical advantages

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