Downloading and Installing FSL Course Data

To be able to do the FSL Course practicals (including those in the preparatory material) you must download data and put it in a standard location. The easiest way is to use our data install script. Alternatively, these instructions will explain how to do it yourself without using the script. Note that for people on an organised course, you will need to install data (either way) for the preparatory material but not for the main sections (as these will have already been done for you).

Step 1: Download the data

Note that some of the tar.gz files are very large (e.g. over 15GB) and it is possible for you to do it in several stages (by restarting at the point it previously stopped).

Step 2: Move the data


The results above are the same whether you use a graphical file browser or the terminal, so choose whatever you are more comfortable with.


Getting Data using the Command Line in a Terminal

If you have downloaded your data with the browser then you can move it and unpack it like this:

If it is already unpacked then you can move it like this:

Notes: (i) the location of the download might be different to ~/Downloads/ on your system; (ii) this example was for preCourse.tar.gz and this will need to be tailored to your particular section; and (iii) the Intro to UNIX does not unpack into fsl_course_data - see the video for more info on this.

Alternatives to using the browser for downloading data are shown below (using wget or curl).


Using wget to download the course data

As the course data files are large, Windows and Linux users may find that using the wget command to download the course data files is more reliable than using a browser. In a terminal, change to the folder you wish to download the data to and issue one or more of the following commands:

wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/UnixIntro.tar.gz
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/preCourse.tar.gz
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/registration.tar.gz
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/structural.tar.gz
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fmri1.tar.gz  
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fmri2.tar.gz  
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fmri3.tar.gz
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/rest.tar.gz
wget -c http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fdt.tar.gz
	      

If, for some reason your wget downloads are interrupted, you can restart any incomplete downloads by running that wget command again.

Using curl to download the course data

As the course data files are large, Mac users may find that using the curl command to download the course data files is more reliable than using a browser. In a terminal, change to the folder you wish to download the data to and issue one or more of the following commands:

curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/UnixIntro.tar.gz
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/preCourse.tar.gz
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/registration.tar.gz
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/structural.tar.gz
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fmri1.tar.gz  
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fmri2.tar.gz  
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fmri3.tar.gz
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/rest.tar.gz
curl -# -O -C - http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fslcourse/downloads/fdt.tar.gz
	      

If, for some reason your curl downloads are interrupted, you can restart any incomplete downloads by running that curl command again.