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New format Naming Convention for Sentinel-2 Level-1C products generated after the 6th of December, 2016:

As of the above date, all newly acquired (NRT) Level-1C products from the DataHub are distributed in a new product format (1). This format has been introduced in order to overcome the 256 characters limitation on pathnames imposed by Windows platforms. This has been achieved by compaction of the filenames, including the naming of internal folders and files.

The updated product format is described in detail in the Sentinel-2 Products Specification Document (PSD) (version 14.2). The product format corresponding to the new Level-1C product combines the features described in the 'Compact Naming Convention' and the 'Complete Single Tile' sections in the PSD.

NOTE: In updating the content of this page, an error has been spotted in the PSD (Section Product Name Root Directory). The information given below is correct. 

Compact Naming Convention

The compact naming convention is arranged as follows:

MMM_MSIL1C_YYYYMMDDHHMMSS_Nxxyy_ROOO_Txxxxx_<Product Discriminator>.SAFE

The products contain two dates.

The first date (YYYYMMDDHHMMSS) is the datatake sensing time.
The second date is the "<Product Discriminator>" field, which is 15 characters in length, and is used to distinguish between different end user products from the same datatake. Depending on the instance, the time in this field can be earlier or slightly later than the datatake sensing time.

The other components of the filename are:

MMM: is the mission ID(S2A/S2B)
MSIL1C: denotes the Level-1C product level
YYYYMMDDHHMMSS: the datatake sensing start time
Nxxyy: the Processing Baseline number (e.g. N0204)
ROOO: Relative Orbit number (R001 - R143)
Txxxxx: Tile Number field
SAFE: Product Format (Standard Archive Format for Europe)

Thus, the following filename S2A_MSIL1C_20170105T013442_N0204_R031_T53NMJ_20170105T013443.SAFE

Identifies a Level-1C product acquired by Sentinel-2A on the 5th of January, 2017 at 1:34:42 AM. It was acquired over Tile 53NMJ(2) during Relative Orbit 031, and processed with PDGS Processing Baseline 02.04.

In addtion to the above changes, a a TCI (True Colour Image) in JPEG2000 format is included within the Tile folder of Level-1C products in this format. For more information on the TCI, see the Definitions page here.

(1) Reprocessed products - including those Reprocessed after the 6th of December - still use the old format Naming Convention (see below).

(2) The Tile Naming Convention is described in the 'Tiles and UTM Tiled Grid' section of the [PSD]. The Tiling Grid (in KML format) is available here.


Old format Naming Convention for Sentinel-2 Level-1C products generated before the 6th of December, 2016:

The top-level SENTINEL-2 product folder name is composed of upper-case alphanumeric characters separated by an underscore (_).

Figure 1: Product naming convention

The Mission Identifier (MMM) denotes the satellite and will be either S2A for the SENTINEL-2A instrument or S2B for the SENTINEL-2B instrument.

The File Class (CCCC) may be set to "OPER" for all products generated during the Operations Phase. During Validation or internal testing, other values can be defined.

The File Type (TTTTTTTTTT) consist of the File Category and File Semantic


FFFF = File Category and DDDDDD = Semantic Descriptor.

The File Category comprises 3 characters and an ending underscore "_". This sub-field allows the definition of file groups characterised by related information / configuration information / generated data / usage of the data / etc. The Semantic Descriptor comprises 6 characters. The Semantic Descriptor can be composed of uppercase letters, digits or underscores. The File Type for a product may be "PRD_MSIL0P" for Level-0, "PRD_MSIL1A" for Level-1A, "PRD_MSIL1B" for Level-1B, "PRD_MSIL1C" for Level-1C, "PRD_MSITCI", or for Level-2A; "PRD_USER2A"

The Instance Identifier contains the Site Centre (ssss) and Creation Date in UTC time (yyyymmddThhmmss). The Site Centre denotes the file originator or processing facility. The Site Centre may be set to "MTI_" for Matera CGS, "SGS_" for Svalbard CGS, "MPS_" for Maspalomas CGS, "EPA_" for Madrid PAC, "MPC_" for the MPC/CC centre, "UPA_", for the UK PAC, "EDRS" for the EDRS Exploitation Segment, plus Local Ground Stations ending in "L", and "USER" for L2 products. A combination of additional fields may be included and are distinguished by the leading character:

The Relative Orbit Number (ROOO) where OOO represents the relative orbit number.

The Applicability Time Period: (VyyyymmddThhmmss_YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS) appends the Validity Period Time fields (Start and Stop).

The Product Format (SAFE) indicates that the product is in SENTINEL SAFE format

Granule naming convention:

Figure 2: Granule (Granule and Tile) naming convention

Mission Identifier (MMM) and File Class (CCCCC) are as per the product naming convention.

The File Type (TTTTTTTTTT) consist of the File Category and File Semantic


FFFF = File Category and DDDDDD = Semantic Descriptor.

The File Category comprises 3 characters and an ending underscore "_". For Granules this value is set to "MSI_". The Semantic Descriptor DDDDDD = YYY_ZZ where YYY may be "L0_" for Level-0, "L1A" for Level-1A, "L1B" for Level-1B, "L1C" for Level-1C and ZZ may be "GR" for Granule, "DS" for Datastrip, "TL" for Tile, "TC" for True Colour Image, or "CO" for Consolidated.

The components of the Instance Identifier vary slightly when compared to the Product Naming Convention and may include:

The Applicability Start time (_Zzzzzz) = _SYYYYMMDDTHHMMSS Appends the Validity Start Time (granule)


The Absolute Orbit Number (_Zzzzzz) = _Affffff where ffffff is the Absolute Orbit Number (tile)

The Detector ID (_Xxxxxx) = Dxx where xx ranges from 01 to 12 (granule)


Tile Number (_Xxxxxx) = _Txxxxx which represents the Tile number according to the US-MGRS naming convention (tile)

The Processing Baseline Number (Nxx.yy) identifies the current processing baseline where x and y may be a digit ranging from 0 to 9.

File naming:

In addition to the fields above, filenames can include:

Band Index ID (Bxx) where xx is the band number

Completeness ID (Wx) where x = F for Full orbit x = P for Partial orbit

Degradation ID (Ly) where y = N for Nominal data y = D for Degraded data

Plus file extensions of .jp2 for JPEG2000 format image files, xml for metadata files, and .gml or Geographic Markup Language files