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World Development Indicators

A guide to downloading data

Downloading Your Data

Now you’re ready to download! Click the Download Options button and select CSV or Tabbed Text.


Your download will arrive as a compressed zip file. Inside will be the tables and the tables with metadata (information about the variables). You’ll need the latter to cite the data properly, so keep them together. Pro tip: Always extract zipped files before trying to use them. Some operating systems will let you preview zipped files but not edit them. All you have to do is extract them and then they will function normally.