All the dataset fetchers are available in mne.datasets. To download any of the datasets, use the data_path (fetches full dataset) or the load_data (fetches dataset partially) functions.



The sample data set is recorded using a 306-channel Neuromag vectorview system.

In this experiment, checkerboard patterns were presented to the subject into the left and right visual field, interspersed by tones to the left or right ear. The interval between the stimuli was 750 ms. Occasionally a smiley face was presented at the center of the visual field. The subject was asked to press a key with the right index finger as soon as possible after the appearance of the face.

Once the data_path is known, its contents can be examined using IO functions.



For convenience, we provide a function to separately download and extract the (or update an existing) fsaverage subject.


Dataset fetchers for three Brainstorm tutorials are available. Users must agree to the license terms of these datasets before downloading them. These files are recorded in a CTF 275 system and are provided in native CTF format (.ds files).



Details about the data can be found at the Brainstorm auditory dataset tutorial.


SPM faces


The SPM faces dataset contains EEG, MEG and fMRI recordings on face perception.


EEGBCI motor imagery


The EEGBCI dataset is documented in 2. The data set is available at PhysioNet 3. The dataset contains 64-channel EEG recordings from 109 subjects and 14 runs on each subject in EDF+ format. The recordings were made using the BCI2000 system. To load a subject, do:

from import concatenate_raws, read_raw_edf
from mne.datasets import eegbci
raw_fnames = eegbci.load_data(subject, runs)
raws = [read_raw_edf(f, preload=True) for f in raw_fnames]
raw = concatenate_raws(raws)

Do not hesitate to contact MNE-Python developers on the MNE mailing list to discuss the possibility to add more publicly available datasets.



This dataset contains somatosensory data with event-related synchronizations (ERS) and desynchronizations (ERD).



This dataset contains a single subject recorded at Otaniemi (Aalto University) with auditory, visual, and somatosensory stimuli.

High frequency SEF


This dataset contains somatosensory evoked fields (median nerve stimulation) with thousands of epochs. It was recorded with an Elekta TRIUX MEG device at a sampling frequency of 3 kHz. The dataset is suitable for investigating high-frequency somatosensory responses. Data from two subjects are included with MRI images in DICOM format and FreeSurfer reconstructions.

Visual 92 object categories


This dataset is recorded using a 306-channel Neuromag vectorview system.

Experiment consisted in the visual presentation of 92 images of human, animal and inanimate objects either natural or artificial 4. Given the high number of conditions this dataset is well adapted to an approach based on Representational Similarity Analysis (RSA).


mTRF Dataset


This dataset contains 128 channel EEG as well as natural speech stimulus features, which is also available here.

The experiment consisted of subjects listening to natural speech. The dataset contains several feature representations of the speech stimulus, suitable for using to fit continuous regression models of neural activity. More details and a description of the package can be found in 5.


Miscellaneous Datasets

These datasets are used for specific purposes in the documentation and in general are not useful for separate analyses.

ECoG Dataset

mne.datasets.misc.data_path(). Data exists at /ecog/sample_ecog.mat.

This dataset contains a sample Electrocorticography (ECoG) dataset. It includes a single grid of electrodes placed over the temporal lobe during an auditory listening task. This dataset is primarily used to demonstrate visualization functions in MNE and does not contain useful metadata for analysis.


Kiloword dataset


This dataset consists of averaged EEG data from 75 subjects performing a lexical decision task on 960 English words 6. The words are richly annotated, and can be used for e.g. multiple regression estimation of EEG correlates of printed word processing.

4D Neuroimaging / BTi dataset


This dataset was obtained with a phantom on a 4D Neuroimaging / BTi system at the MEG center in La Timone hospital in Marseille.



OPM data acquired using an Elekta DACQ, simply piping the data into Elekta magnetometer channels. The FIF files thus appear to come from a TRIUX system that is only acquiring a small number of magnetometer channels instead of the whole array.

The OPM coil_type is custom, requiring a custom coil_def.dat. The new coil_type is 9999.

OPM co-registration differs a bit from the typical SQUID-MEG workflow. No -trans.fif file is needed for the OPMs, the FIF files include proper sensor locations in MRI coordinates and no digitization of RPA/LPA/Nasion. Thus the MEG<->Head coordinate transform is taken to be an identity matrix (i.e., everything is in MRI coordinates), even though this mis-identifies the head coordinate frame (which is defined by the relationship of the LPA, RPA, and Nasion).

Triggers include:

  • Median nerve stimulation: trigger value 257.

  • Magnetic trigger (in OPM measurement only): trigger value 260. 1 second before the median nerve stimulation, a magnetic trigger is piped into the MSR. This was to be able to check the synchronization between OPMs retrospectively, as each sensor runs on an indepent clock. Synchronization turned out to be satisfactory

The Sleep PolySomnoGraphic Database

mne.datasets.sleep_physionet.age.fetch_data() mne.datasets.sleep_physionet.temazepam.fetch_data()

The sleep PhysioNet database contains 197 whole-night PolySomnoGraphic sleep recordings, containing EEG, EOG, chin EMG, and event markers. Some records also contain respiration and body temperature. Corresponding hypnograms (sleep patterns) were manually scored by well-trained technicians according to the Rechtschaffen and Kales manual, and are also available. If you use these data please cite 7 and 8.



Schalk, G., McFarland, D.J., Hinterberger, T., Birbaumer, N., Wolpaw, J.R. (2004) BCI2000: A General-Purpose Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) System. IEEE TBME 51(6):1034-1043


Goldberger AL, Amaral LAN, Glass L, Hausdorff JM, Ivanov PCh, Mark RG, Mietus JE, Moody GB, Peng C-K, Stanley HE. (2000) PhysioBank, PhysioToolkit, and PhysioNet: Components of a New Research Resource for Complex Physiologic Signals. Circulation 101(23):e215-e220


Cichy, R. M., Pantazis, D., & Oliva, A. Resolving human object recognition in space and time. Nature Neuroscience (2014): 17(3), 455-462


Crosse, M. J., Di Liberto, G. M., Bednar, A., & Lalor, E. C. The Multivariate Temporal Response Function (mTRF) Toolbox: A MATLAB Toolbox for Relating Neural Signals to Continuous Stimuli. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2016): 10.


Dufau, S., Grainger, J., Midgley, KJ., Holcomb, PJ. A thousand words are worth a picture: Snapshots of printed-word processing in an event-related potential megastudy. Psychological science, 2015


B Kemp, AH Zwinderman, B Tuk, HAC Kamphuisen, JJL Oberyé. Analysis of a sleep-dependent neuronal feedback loop: the slow-wave microcontinuity of the EEG. IEEE-BME 47(9):1185-1194 (2000).


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