System Requirements

MODIStsp requires R v >= 3.2.1 and GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) v >= 1.11.1 with support for HDF4 raster format to be installed in your system. Brief instructions for installing R and GDAL can be found HERE.

Installing on Windows

You can install the stable version of MODIStsp, from CRAN:


, or the development version (containing the latest improvements and bug fixes) from github:


Note that if the GTK+ library is not already installed on your system, installation may fail. In that case, please install and load the RGtk2 library beforehand:


Upon loading gWidgetsRGtk2, an error window will probably appear. This signals that library “GTK+” is not yet installed on your system or is not on your PATH. To install it press “OK”. A new window dialog window will appear, asking if you want to install “GTK+”. Select “Install GTK” and then “OK” . Windows will download and install the GTK+ library. When it finishes, the RSession should be restarted and you should be ready to go !

In case RStudio does not automatically restart or continuously asks to install GTK+ again, kill it form “Task Manager” (or restart the R session from RStudio “Session” menu), reload RStudio and the try to reload gWidgetsRGtk2. If it loads correctly, you should be ready to go.

If it still fails, try downloading the GTK+ bundle from: (OR if on Win32)

, unzip the archive on a folder of your choice (e.g., C:\\Program Files\\GTK+), then add the path of its “bin” subfolder (e.g., C:\\Program Files\\GTK+\\bin\\ to your system PATH environment variable.

Restart your system and try loading again RGtk2: if it loads ok, you should be ready to install MODIStsp

Installing on Linux Systems

To install MODIStsp on Linux, you have to first install the following required dependencies:

  • Cairo >= 1.0.0, ATK >= 1.10.0, Pango >= 1.10.0, GTK+ >= 2.8.0, GLib >= 2.8.0 (required by package RGtk2)
  • Curl (required by package curl)
  • GDAL >= 1.6.3, PROJ.4 >= 4.4.9 (required by package rgdal)

On Debian and Ubuntu-based systems, to install those packages open a terminal and type:

On rpm-base systems, to install packages open a terminal and type:

Then, you can install the stable version of MODIStsp from CRAN:


, or the development version (containing the latest improvements and bug fixes) from github;


Installing on Mac

NOTE: The following installation notes should be valid for MODIStsp installation on R 3.4.0 and above with Mac OSX Sierra. They were mainly taken (i.e., blatantly copied…) from: Thanks to Zhiya Zuo for providing this!

To properly install MODIStsp you will need to first install package RGTk2. This is a somehow difficult operation. The following instructions should help:

1. Check your Mac OS X version and update if necessary:

Enter the following command in terminal to check your macOS version. Expected output is as below the dashed line —.

~$ sw_vers  
ProductName:    Mac OS X  
ProductVersion: 10.12.6  
BuildVersion:   16G29  

If your system is above 10.11, continue. Otherwise, upgrade it to Sierra.

Install homebrew if you do not have it already installed. homebrew is a very convenient package manager for macOS. To do so, open a terminal, copy the following command in it and hit Enter:

~$ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Follow the instructions to get brew ready. When inserting your password, nothing will show up for security reasons. Just hit Enter when you are finished.

When brew is finished, copy the following command in terminal and hit Enter:

~$ touch ~/.bash_profile
~$ echo "export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/gtk+-2.0.pc:/opt/X11/lib/pkgconfig" >> ~/.bash_profile
~$ source ~/.bash_profile

2. Install the cairo library with x11 support. Enter the following into your terminal:

~$ brew uninstall --force cairo --ignore-dependencies
~$ brew cask install xquartz
~$ brew install --with-x11 cairo

3. Install the gtk+ library:

To do so, you first have to change the way homebrew wants to install gtk+. In an editor, write:

~$ brew edit gtk+

A text editor will open. Look in the file, and find a section that begins with “def install”. Substitute the current args section with the following text:

def install
 args = [
         # "--disable-visibility",
         # "--with-gdktarget=quartz",

Save the modified file using ctrl+x ctrl+c, followed by y to quit emacs. Now install the library using:

~$ brew install --build-from-source --verbose gtk+

4. Update your path so that gtk+ is recognized, using:

~$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/gtk+-2.0.pc:/opt/X11/lib/pkgconfig

5. Install RGtk2 from source:

~$ cd ~/Downloads
~/Downloads$ R CMD INSTALL RGtk2_2.20.33.tar.gz

(Note that the name of the tar.gz file may vary depending on when you downloaded the file).

6. Open R and run:


hopefully, RGtk2 will load without errors! If so, you should be ready to go, and you can:

7. Install MODIStsp from CRAN:

or the development version from GitHub:

install_github("ropensci/MODIStsp", ref = "master")

Good luck!

Installing R and GDAL

Installing R


Download and install the latest version of R which can be found here.


Please refer to the documentation which can be found here, opening the directory relative to your Linux distribution. The documentation provides instruction to add CRAN repositories and to install the latest R version. With Ubuntu 15.10 Wily (and newer) this step is not mandatory (although recommended), since packaged version of R is >= 3.2.1 (although not the latest); in this case, user can install R by simply typing in a terminal

Installing GDAL >= 1.11.1


The easiest way to install GDAL on Windows is from the OSGeo4W Website

  1. Open the OSGeo4W Website
  2. In the Quick Start for OSGeo4W Users section, select the download of 32bit or 64bit of OSGeo4W network installer
  3. Run the installer
  • Easiest Option:
    • Select Express Desktop Install, then proceed with the installation. This will install GDAL and also other useful Spatial Processing software like QGIS and GRASS GIS
  • Advanced Option:
    • Select Advanced Install, then click on “Next” a few times until you reach the “Select Packages” screen.
    • Click on “Commandline_Utilities_”, and on the list look for "_gdal: The GDAL/OGR library…" entry
    • Click on “Skip”: the word “skip” will be replaced by the current GDAL version number
    • Click on “Next” a few times to install GDAL

Debian and Ubuntu-based systems

  1. Ensure that your repositories contain a version of gdal-bin >= 1.11.1. In particular, official repositories of Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid (or older) and Debian Jessie (or older) provide older versions of GDAL, so it is necessary to add UbuntuGIS-unstable repository before installing. To do this, follow instructions here). With Ubuntu 15.10 Wily (and newer) this step is not mandatory, although recommended in order to have updated version of GDAL installed.

  2. To install GDAL, open a terminal and type
    bash sudo apt-get install gdal-bin


GDAL is maintained updated to the latest version as binary package within the community repository; although that, the support for HDF4 format is not included. To bypass this problem, ArchLinux users can install gdal-hdf4 package from AUR (see here or here for the package installation from AUR). This package is updated manually after each release of gdal on the community repository, so a temporal shift between a new gdal release and the update of gdal-hdf4 could happen. If you want to manually add the support for HDF4 in case gdal-hdf4 is out-of-date, you can do it following these instructions.

Other Linux systems

Install the packaged binary of GDAL included in your specific distribution; if the version is older than 1.11.1, or if the support for HDF4 format is not included, you can manually install the HDF4 library and compile the source code by adding the parameter --with-hdf4 to the configure instruction).


  1. Check if gdal is already installed and has hdf4 support. In a terminal, type:
~$ gdal-config --formats 
  • if gdal is installed, the command will list which drivers are installed. If the list includes “hdf4” you should be good to go.

  • if gdal is not yet installed or hdf4 is not already supported, you can install/reinstall it following these notes. In short: open a terminal and run:

~$ brew install hdf4 
~$ brew link --overwrite hdf4 
~$ brew install gdal --complete --enable-unsupported --with-hdf4 

then, check again to see if hdf4 is supported. The list should now include hdf4:

~$ gdal-config --formats 

Good luck!