In order to be able to browse/download data, you will need to register by following this link. On the dHCP data login page, select ‘Register’ and fill out the mandatory fields including Lab/Department, Institute Full Name, Country and your institutional email address. You will receive a verification email. After you verify your email address, you will be able to login to sign an agreement and access the public face of the dHCP database (db). This includes browsing (although not downloading) available Projects (data sets).

If you experience any technical issues, please submit your query here.

Data review and download

In order to unlock download options for available Projects (data sets), you will have to sign user terms. Open any Project and hit ‘Sign user terms’. Once confirmed you will be able to view a list of subjects, preview the available data as acquired (without any pre-processing) and will be provided two download options.

Since data sets are fairly large (expect > 700GB) this is a fail-safe way to get hold of desired releases. A separate document provides more detailed instructions. Be sure to have a Torrent client such as BitTorrent installed on your computer. Clicking on the ‘Download Data Set (Torrent)’ button will provide you with a .torrent file a few kB in size. Opening this .torrent file in your Torrent client will give you the option to select among subsets of the selected release. Once confirmed, your torrent client will automatically start the download from multiple peers. You can pause/stop the download at any time. By downloading parts of the bundle you automatically become a peer for the selected .torrent file, which increases bandwidth for other peers. You are encouraged to at least upload the same amount of data that you downloaded (a download/upload ratio of 1.0 in the Torrent client), however this is not a must. Caveat: Your system administrator / institution might block (or be unhappy with) peer-to-peer traffic for various reasons.

Once you start downloading the dataset, you will notice that your torrent client mentions a sharing / seeding ratio. It means that as soon as you start downloading the dataset, you become part of our community of sharers and contribute to making the dataset available to other researchers all around the world!

There is no reason to be scared! It’s perfectly legal as long as you are allowed to have a copy of the dataset (that is the information you need to forward to your lab’s IT team if they are blocking your ports). You are actually providing a tremendous contribution to dHCP by spreading the data, so thank you again for that. With your help, we can make sure this data remains available and can be downloaded relatively fast in the future.

Over time, the dataset will grow and your contribution will be more and more important so that each and everyone of you can still obtain the data in the smoothest possible way.


Downloading non-imaging data

List of Subjects, Gender, GA

The data release contains some non-imaging data, which can be directly downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet by selecting ‘Spreadsheet’ from the ‘Options’ drop down menu from the table view page. The data release supplementary documentation can be directly downloaded by clicking on the link ‘documentation: Data Release’ on the main table view page.


Metadata file includes the following information.

Column Notes
birth_age Gestational age at birth in weeks
birth_weight Birthweight (kg)
singleton Singleton / multiple status of the pregnancy
scan_age Gestational age at scan in weeks
scan_head_circumference Head circumference (cm)
scan_number 1 for the first scan, 2 for the second
radiology_score The MRI scans were reviewed by a specialist perinatal neuroradiologist who scored each subject using the following scale:
1=Normal appearance for age
2=Incidental findings with unlikely significance for clinical outcome or analysis (e.g. subdural haemorrhage. Isolated subependymal cysts. Mild inferior vermis rotation)
3=Incidental findings with unlikely clinical significance but possible analysis significance (e.g. several punctate lesions or other focal white matter / cortical lesions not thought to be of clinical significance)
4=Incidental findings with possible clinical significance. Unlikely analysis significance (e.g. Isolated non brain anomaly for example in pituitary / on tongue) 5=Incidental finding with possible / likely significance for both clinical and imaging analysis (e.g. Major lesions within white matter cortex, cerebellum and or basal ganglia; small head / brain < 1 st centile)
Q=Poor quality anatomical data
sedation 1 if the subject was sedated during the scan, 0 otherwise

The file can be downloaded from combined.tsv.