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Setup THREDDS Service

Last Updated: June 2022

In this tutorial you will register a THREDDS server as a Tethys Spatial Dataset Service so it can be more easily used by the app. You will also create a Spatial Dataset Service Setting in the app to allow it to consume this service. The following topics will be covered in this tutorial:

  • Tethys Services

  • Tethys Service App Settings


0. Start From Previous Solution (Optional)

If you wish to use the previous solution as a starting point:

git clone https://github.com/tethysplatform/tethysapp-thredds_tutorial.git
cd tethysapp-thredds_tutorial
git checkout -b new-app-project-solution new-app-project-solution-4.0

1. Create a Spatial Dataset Service App Setting

Service settings are a special class of setting for Tethys Apps that allow you to specify an external service (e.g. THREDDS, GeoServer, PostGIS) as a requirement of your app. Portal administrators can then either setup a new service or assign an existing service of that type to the app for it to consume.

This app will need a THREDDS service, so add the following method to the app class to define a new THREDDS Spatial Dataset Service Setting for the app:

from tethys_sdk.app_settings import SpatialDatasetServiceSetting
class ThreddsTutorial(TethysAppBase):

    THREDDS_SERVICE_NAME = 'thredds_service'

    def spatial_dataset_service_settings(self):
        Example spatial_dataset_service_settings method.
        sds_settings = (
                description='THREDDS service for app to use',

        return sds_settings


The name of the setting is used as a key for retrieving the service assigned to the setting. If you are not careful, the name of the setting could end up hard-coded all over the app, making it difficult to change in the future. In this example, the name of the setting is saved as a class property of the app class: THREDDS_SERVICE_NAME. The class property can be used for look-up operations rather than the hard-coded string:

engine = app.get_spatial_dataset_service(app.THREDDS_SERVICE_NAME, as_engine=True)

2. Create THREDDS Spatial Dataset Service

For this tutorial you'll be using the publicly accesible UCAR THREDDS Data Server: http://thredds.ucar.edu/thredds. Complete the following steps to register the service as a Tethys Spatial Dataset Service:

  1. Exit the app and navigate to the Site Administration page by selecting Site Admin from the drop down menu located to the right of your user name.

  2. Scroll down to the TETHYS SERVICES section of the page.

  3. Click on the Spatial Dataset Services link.

  4. Click on the ADD SPATIAL DATASET SERVICE button to create a new Spatial Dataset Service.

  5. Enter the following information for the new Spatial Dataset Service:


    For the purposes of this tutorial, the Public Endpoint is the same as the (internal) Endpoint. However, in a production deployment of Tethys Platform, the Public Endpoint needs to be the publicly accessible address of the THREDDS server.


    The UCAR THREDDS server is open access, so no username or password is required. To use a private THREDDS server, enter the username and password. Currently, only simple authentication is supported for THREDDS services in Tethys.

  6. Press the Save button to save the new Spatial Dataset Service.


The Endpoint and Public Endpoint do not necessarily need to be the root endpoint. They can be any THREDDS endpoint, at any depth, containing a catalog.xml.

3. Assign THREDDS Service to App Setting

  1. Navigate back to the Site Administration page (see step 4.1).

  2. Scroll down to the TETHYS APPS section of the page.

  3. Click on the Installed Apps link.

  4. Click on the THREDDS Tutorial link.

  5. Scroll down to the SPATIAL DATASET SERVICE SETTINGS section.

  6. Select the Global_0p5deg as the spatial dataset service for the thredds_service app setting.


This app is meant to be somewhat of a THREDDS dataset browser. It should be able to support other THREDDS services provided the following services are enabled on the datasets you wish to view: (1) WMS and (2) NCSS.

To use the app with other THREDDS services, repeat steps 2 to create additional Spatial Dataset Services for each additional THREDDS service. Then repeat step 3 to swap out the THREDDS service that the app is using.

4. Solution

This concludes the New App Project portion of the THREDDS Tutorial. You can view the solution on GitHub at https://github.com/tethysplatform/tethysapp-thredds_tutorial/tree/thredds-service-solution-3.0 or clone it as follows:

git clone https://github.com/tethysplatform/tethysapp-thredds_tutorial.git
cd tethysapp-thredds_tutorial
git checkout -b thredds-service-solution thredds-service-solution-4.0