Data Releases


A DCC data release is a curated data set produced from clinical and experimental data submitted through the ICGC Data Submission site. Such data releases happen on average three times a year and are cumulative in nature. Each release is denoted by a number, such as ICGC 20 or Release 20.

DCC Data Releases

The DCC Data Releases page is where you can browse and download archive data files for every DCC data release in the past. It can be located by clicking/tapping the blue disk icon on the top of the Data Portal site.


Past data releases are listed in table form, from Release 14 to the most current release.

Clicking a directory link navigates to the directory containing the release data content. The breadcrumb on the top of the table provides a context of where you are currently within directory hierarchy, and a way to quickly jump back to a particular level in the directory path.

DCC Data Releases

Release Directories

Each directory has a README.txt file, whose content is displayed below the table for your viewing convenience. Starting from Release 16, summary information is included in each release archive. For example, the Release 16 directory shows two sub-directories, Summary and Projects. Under the Summary directory, summary files are available for download; large data files are located in the Projects directory. Releases prior to Release 16 only provide large data files.

DCC Data Releases

Legacy Directories

Releases prior to Release 14 can be located at


Clicking a file link initiates a download - most Web browsers prompt the user for where to save the file. Note that tools such as wget can also be used. Our API also supports the -c option to continue interrupted downloads.

Having trouble downloading a file from DCC Repository?

Wget: Resume Broken Download
The GNU Wget is a free utility for non-interactive download of files from the Web. It supports HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP protocols, as well as retrieval through HTTP proxies.
Use the -c or --continue option to continue getting a partially downloaded file. This is useful when you want to finish a download started by a previous instance of wget, or by another program.

The syntax is:
wget -c url
wget --continue url
wget --continue [options] url

Download a file using Wget utility
$ wget

Resume partially downloaded file:
$ wget -c