FTP Download

You can download via a browser from our FTP site, use a script, or even use rsync from the command line.

Database dumps

Entire databases can be downloaded from our FTP site in a variety of formats. Please be aware that some of these files can run to many gigabytes of data.

Looking for MySQL dumps to install databases locally? See our web installation instructions for full details.

Each directory on ftp://ftp.ensemblgenomes.org/viruses contains a README file, explaining the directory structure.

SpeciesDNA (FASTA)cDNA (FASTA)CDS (FASTA)ncRNA (FASTA)Protein sequence (FASTA)Annotated sequence (EMBL)Annotated sequence (GenBank)Gene setsOther annotationsWhole databases
YSARS-CoV-2
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
FASTAFASTAFASTAFASTAFASTAEMBLGenBankGTF GFF3TSV RDF JSONMySQL

To facilitate storage and download all databases are GNU Zip (gzip, *.gz) compressed.

About the data

The following types of data dumps are available on the FTP site.

FASTA
FASTA sequence databases of Ensembl gene, transcript and protein model predictions. Since the FASTA format does not permit sequence annotation, these database files are mainly intended for use with local sequence similarity search algorithms. Each directory has a README file with a detailed description of the header line format and the file naming conventions.
DNA
Masked and unmasked genome sequences associated with the assembly (contigs, chromosomes etc.).
The header line in an FASTA dump files containing DNA sequence consists of the following attributes : coord_system:version:name:start:end:strand This coordinate-system string is used in the Ensembl API to retrieve slices with the SliceAdaptor.
CDS
Coding sequences for Ensembl or ab initio predicted genes.
cDNA
cDNA sequences for Ensembl or ab initio predicted genes.
Peptides
Protein sequences for Ensembl or ab initio predicted genes.
RNA
Non-coding RNA gene predictions.
Annotated sequence
Flat files allow more extensive sequence annotation by means of feature tables and contain thus the genome sequence as annotated by the automated Ensembl genome annotation pipeline. Each nucleotide sequence record in a flat file represents a 1Mb slice of the genome sequence. Flat files are broken into chunks of 1000 sequence records for easier downloading.
EMBL
Ensembl database dumps in EMBL nucleotide sequence database format
GenBank
Ensembl database dumps in GenBank nucleotide sequence database format
MySQL
All Ensembl MySQL databases are available in text format as are the SQL table definition files. These can be imported into any SQL database for a local installation of a mirror site. Generally, the FTP directory tree contains one directory per database. For more information about these databases and their Application Programming Interfaces (or APIs) see the API section.
GTF
Gene sets for each species. These files include annotations of both coding and non-coding genes. This file format is described here.
GFF3
GFF3 provides access to all annotated transcripts which make up an Ensembl gene set. This file format is described here.