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Download Options
for K2 Data and Catalogs

Besides the standard search and file upload interfaces, K2 data may be retrieved in a number of ways as described below. Most of these options are now possible because catalogs, light curves (coming), Full Frame Images, and Target Pixel Files are all stored online in publicly-accessible directories.


Individual files may be downloaded via FTP or through your browser (HTTPS) to download K2 data and catalogs. For FTP, connect to anonymously and cd to pub/k2 You will see the available directories using ls. For HTTP, just go to Examples for the browser paths to light curves and target pixel files are shown below, where XXXXYYZZZ is the EPIC ID and N is the campaign number.

Light Curves

K2 files are available in a form such as:

Target Pixel Files

Tar Files

K2 tar files are created after the light curves are received for each campaign. Each set of tar files will contain the light curves for that campaign in tarfiles no larger than 5 GB.

They can be downloaded through your browser at URL

The files are also available via anonymous ftp (connect to, cd /pub/k2/lightcurves/tarfiles


Currently the only downloadable K2 catalog is a CSV version of EPIC.
See the EPIC entry on the search & retrieve page for more information.

WGET and CURL Scripts

If your system supports Wget or Curl, there are several other options for retrieving data, which will create a shell script on your desktop computer. You may then run the script from the command line to copy the requested files directly to your computer. One advantage to using shell scripts is that large requests are submitted one file at a time avoiding memory issues on the MAST servers. Note these scripts are primarily intended for Linux, Unix, and Mac users but alternatives may exist for Windows users.

Note that Macs are not shipping with wget installed for systems 10.9 and later. If you have installed wget from external source such a fink, the version of wget may not work with our systems. The most current version does seem to work.

Create your own CURL or WGET Scripts

We currently offer 2 methods for generating shell scripts of CURL or WGET commands. Either method will create a script file on your desktop computer that can be run to download the found files (e.g, using the sh command). We also give examples of how to create your own WGET commands.

  • Customized scripts can be created from the K2 data search page by choosing one of the the output format options: FILE: WGET LC, FILE: WGET TPF, FILE: CURL LC, or FILE: CURL TPF. Output formats can also be used in a web service request from your browser. For example, &outputformat=CURL_file&action=Search will download a script with 289 curl commands for retrieving light curves for targets with effective temperatures between 8040 and 8050 deg. Note the output format options for the web service are specified slightly differently (i.e., CURL_TPF_file, or WGET_TPF_file). See for more examples of MAST services and allowed parameters.

  • If you know what data you want, a quick way to create shell scripts is to use one of our available IDL or Python programs. These programs accept several parameters for specifying ID numbers, cadence, dates, quarters, data type, and command type. For example (assuming IDL is installed on your desktop computer),
    return all available long-cadence target pixel files for K2 ID 7730747:
    get_k2, '205248134', data_type="target_pixel_file".

    A python example to retrieve TPF files for ID 205248134:
    python '205248134' -t target_pixel_file.
    Type python -h to see all the available python arguments.

  • Here are some examples of creating your own wget commands where instead of retrieving one file per command (as above), you retrieve entire directories:
    Download a whole directory of data using WGET
    wget -q -nH --cut-dirs=6 -r -l0 -c -N -np -R 'index*' -erobots=off

Batch Requests

If you know exactly which datasets you want, another method for retrieving data (and bypassing the search step) is to use the dataset retrieval page at The list of datasets can be entered with a space or a comma delimiter, or as an uploaded file, but they must be specified with both the EPIC ID and the campaign number of the observation in a form like: KTWO202483641-C02 (or with a cadence type like KTWO202483641-C02;LC).

For help, see While larger requests may succeed, we recommend requesting no more than 10,000 K2 light curves at a time.