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datalad get(1) General Commands Manual datalad get(1)


datalad get - get any dataset content (files/directories/subdatasets).


datalad get [-h] [-s LABEL] [-d PATH] [-r] [-R LEVELS] [-n] [-D DESCRIPTION] [--reckless [auto|ephemeral|shared-...]] [-J NJOBS] [PATH ...]


This command only operates on dataset content. To obtain a new independent dataset from some source use the INSTALL command.

By default this command operates recursively within a dataset, but not across potential subdatasets, i.e. if a directory is provided, all files in the directory are obtained. Recursion into subdatasets is supported too. If enabled, relevant subdatasets are detected and installed in order to fulfill a request.

Known data locations for each requested file are evaluated and data are obtained from some available location (according to git-annex configuration and possibly assigned remote priorities), unless a specific source is specified.

Power-user info: This command uses git annex get to fulfill file handles.


Get a single file::

% datalad get <path/to/file>

Get contents of a directory::

% datalad get <path/to/dir/>

Get all contents of the current dataset and its subdatasets::

% datalad get . -r

Get (clone) a registered subdataset, but don't retrieve data::

% datalad get -n <path/to/subds>


path/name of the requested dataset component. The component must already be known to a dataset. To add new components to a dataset use the ADD command. Constraints: value must be a string

-h, --help, --help-np
show this help message. --help-np forcefully disables the use of a pager for displaying the help message
-s LABEL, --source LABEL
label of the data source to be used to fulfill requests. This can be the name of a dataset sibling or another known source. Constraints: value must be a string
-d PATH, --dataset PATH
specify the dataset to perform the add operation on, in which case PATH arguments are interpreted as being relative to this dataset. If no dataset is given, an attempt is made to identify a dataset for each input PATH. Constraints: Value must be a Dataset or a valid identifier of a Dataset (e.g. a path)
-r, --recursive
if set, recurse into potential subdataset.
-R LEVELS, --recursion-limit LEVELS
limit recursion into subdataset to the given number of levels. Alternatively, 'existing' will limit recursion to subdatasets that already existed on the filesystem at the start of processing, and prevent new subdatasets from being obtained recursively. Constraints: value must be convertible to type 'int', or value must be one of ('existing',)
-n, --no-data
whether to obtain data for all file handles. If disabled, GET operations are limited to dataset handles. This option prevents data for file handles from being obtained.
short description to use for a dataset location. Its primary purpose is to help humans to identify a dataset copy (e.g., "mike's dataset on lab server"). Note that when a dataset is published, this information becomes available on the remote side. Constraints: value must be a string
--reckless [auto|ephemeral|shared-...]
set up the dataset in a potentially unsafe way for performance, or access reasons -- use with care, any dataset is marked as 'untrusted'. The reckless mode is stored in a dataset's local configuration under 'datalad.clone.reckless', and will be inherited to any of its subdatasets. Supported modes are: ['auto']: hard-link files between local clones. In-place modification in any clone will alter original annex content. ['ephemeral']: symlink annex to origin's annex and discard local availability info via git-annex-dead 'here'. Shares an annex between origin and clone w/o git-annex being aware of it. In case of a change in origin you need to update the clone before you're able to save new content on your end. Alternative to 'auto' when hardlinks are not an option, or number of consumed inodes needs to be minimized. Please note, that this is meant to be used with either non-bare repositories or a RIA store as origin! Do not come up with your own usecase unless you are absolutely sure you know your git-annex internals very well! ['shared-<mode>']: set up repository and annex permission to enable multi-user access. This disables the standard write protection of annex'ed files. <mode> can be any value support by 'git init --shared=', such as 'group', or 'all'. Constraints: value must be one of (None, True, False, 'auto', 'ephemeral'), or value must start with 'shared-'
-J NJOBS, --jobs NJOBS
how many parallel jobs (where possible) to use. "auto" corresponds to the number defined by 'datalad.runtime.max-annex-jobs' configuration item. Constraints: value must be convertible to type 'int', or value must be one of ('auto',) [Default: 'auto']


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2020-12-15 datalad get 0.13.6