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Datasets Download Stats

How are download stats generated for datasets?

The Hub provides download stats for all datasets loadable via the datasets library. To determine the number of downloads, the Hub counts every time load_dataset is called in Python, excluding Hugging Face’s CI tooling on GitHub. No information is sent from the user, and no additional calls are made for this. The count is done server-side as we serve files for downloads. This means that:

  • The download count is the same regardless of whether the data is directly stored on the Hub repo or if the repository has a script to load the data from an external source.
  • If a user manually downloads the data using tools like wget or the Hub’s user interface (UI), those downloads will not be included in the download count.
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