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How do I get the public data file?


ORCID is sharing 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 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.

Explore all help topics at Welcome to ORCID.

Frequently Asked Questions about ORCID

  1. What is the relationship between the ORCID Initiative and ORCID, Inc.?
  2. What is the organizational structure of ORCID, Inc.?
  3. What technology powers ORCID?
  4. Is ORCID interoperable with national, institutional, and other identity systems?
  5. What is the relationship between ISNI and ORCID?
  6. How do I or how does my organization get involved with ORCID?
  7. How do I become an ORCID member? Are there fees involved?
  8. How do I stay in touch with the latest developments?
  9. How are new features decided?
  10. How do you keep the ORCID Registry secure?
  11. Number of ORCID iDs
  12. How do I get the public data file?
  13. Why do organizations use ORCID records?
  14. What does "ORCID" stand for?
  15. What are the ORCID principles?
  16. Is there a fee to register for an ORCID iD? Do I need to be a member to register?
  17. How does ORCID handle privacy?
  18. What are ORCID's data security policies?
  19. What can I do if I have concerns about data in the Registry?
  20. How often does ORCID hold community outreach meetings?
  21. Does ORCID use my data to support advertising services?
  22. Where is ORCID located?
  23. Is ORCID a commercial operation? Is ORCID run by publishers? How is ORCID governed?
  24. What is your data model?
  25. Can ORCID send a technician to help us with our implementation?
  26. Why isn’t there more metadata in the ORCID record? Do you support Dublin Core?
  27. Can we data-mine abstract or full text information through the ORCID API?
  28. Why aren’t ORCID records complete? Who curates ORCID records? Can ORCID de-duplicate my author database?

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