The IPD-IMGT/HLA Database provides two locations for downloading information from the IPD-IMGT/HLA Database in a number a number of pre-formatted files.

FTP Directory

Data is available to downloaded from a public FTP site hosted by the EBI. The sequences are provided as FASTA, PIR and MSF formats, as well as an archive of the sequence alignments and a flat file formatted copy of the database. Descriptions of each file type is available in the documentation. The FTP site only contains files for the latest release of the database. We are aware that some institutes restrict access to FTP directories and this may not be available to view.

The FTP directory is available at the following address:

Documentation can be found in the file in the directory.

GitHub Repository

The FTP site data is also available from a dedicated repository hosted on GitHub. The repository can be found at This repository contains a branch for each database release and a Latest branch which contains the most recent files as well as all compressed archives.

Documentation can be found in the file in the directory.

Terms of Use

The files within the FTP directory and hosted on GitHub are copyrighted by the IPD-IMGT/HLA Database, see licence.html and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs License.