How to install BIDS


Is there a guideline on how to install and run BIDS?
I have downloaded the files at but not sure how to proceed from here.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!


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So BIDS is a data standard, not a thing to install and run, in itself. What is it you’re trying to do?

If you would like to check whether a dataset is a valid BIDS dataset, you can use the BIDS validator.

If you would like to retrieve a BIDS-formatted dataset, the easiest way to get them is through Datalad.

If you’re interested in running software on a BIDS-formatted dataset, I would encourage you to check out BIDS Apps.

If you’re looking to work with BIDS-formatted data in a more open-ended way, PyBIDS is a Python package that works to make all aspects of BIDS datasets accessible, programmatically.


Hi @MadeleineV! Just to ditto what @effigies said - there are lots of ways to get started with BIDS. Are you trying to put your own data into BIDS format?

These tutorials are a nice place to start to see how to do one of your participants by hand (just so you see that it’s not too scary) and then automating the process for all the others:

Ping me if you have any questions, or come and chat in the gitter channel:

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Thanks so much for your replies!!

Yes, I am trying to put my own data into BIDS format, and was actually looking for software that automatically does this! Apologies for not making this clear in my initial question. I have just now managed to install dcm2bids, which is one of the software packages listed in the main bids website (, and this works really well.

Thanks again for your help!

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