Get DataLad

Binaries are provided for Debian and Ubuntu (see below). For all other systems, DataLad can easily be installed via pip. To automatically install DataLad and its software dependencies type

pip install datalad

In addition, it is necessary to have a recent version of git-annex installed, which is not set up automatically by using the pip method.

Advanced users can chose from several installation schemes (e.g. publish, metadata, tests or crawl):

pip install datalad[SCHEME]

where SCHEME could be

  • crawl to also install scrapy which is used in some crawling constructs
  • tests to also install dependencies used by unit-tests battery of the DataLad
  • full to install all dependencies

(Neuro)Debian, Ubuntu, and similar systems

For Debian-based operating systems, the most convenient installation method is to enable the NeuroDebian repository. The following command installs DataLad and all its software dependencies (including the git-annex-standalone package):

sudo apt-get install datalad


A simple way to install packages on OS X is via the homebrew package manager. git-annex is installed by the command

brew install git-annex

Once git-annex is available, DataLad can be installed via pip as described above. pip comes with Python distributions, such as anaconda.