Download data from openeuro in BIDS format using Python API?


Hey guys,

I’m currently developing a little Python package and I want to make some examples using openfMRI-data. Is there an easy way to download an openfMRI dataset (both raw and preprocessed parts) using at Python library or something?



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HTH, best, Peer


Hey @PeerHerholz,

This sounds great.

One devilish detail is that I want to make examples for my Python package in sphinx, using sphinx-gallery. In a perfect world, this would mean that I can run a Python script on any box (like a server) and it will just work. (Like nilearn’s examples, e.g. here)

Anyone experience with this?