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How do I get the public data file?


ORCID shares a Public Data File to ensure that all scholarly communication stakeholders, including organizations that are not members of ORCID, have broad access to what we hope becomes a vital part of the scholarly communication infrastructure. Use of this data is governed by our Privacy Policy (excerpt below):

ORCID is releasing the Public Data File under a CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication developed by Creative Commons. Accordingly, ORCID will not impose restrictions or conditions (including those contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use and the Membership Agreement) on use of the Public Data File, but has posted recommended community norms for use.

NOTE: If you are seeking information about how many ORCID record holders are at your institution, we recommend the processes described at our Member Support Center rather than downloading the public data file.

The public data file

To the extent possible under law, ORCID, Inc has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to ORCID Public Data File. This work is published from: United States.

This file will be available at least annually on the October anniversary of our initial launch.

Requirements for getting the file

  • Windows: A tool to unpack tar files such as winrar ( or 7zip (
  • Mac: No additional software needed


  1. Download the file from the link above

  2. Windows: Use the tool (Winrar or 7zip) that you downloaded to unzip the tar.gz file; this will result in a single .tar file (which may appear with no extension). Run the tool again on the .tar file to unpack it.
    Double-click the tar.gz file to unzip it; this will result in a single .tar file (which may appear with no extension). Double-click the .tar file to unpack it.

  3. Inside the generated folder you will find two folders: json/ and xml/; inside them, there is one file for each ORCID record in the specified format.

Important Notes

While we make this data available for use, we generally do not provide support.

Using this file

The file contains the public information associated with each user's ORCID record.  Each record is included as a separate file in both json and XML. For the the XSD required to interpret the XML, see the ORCID GitHub repository.

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