FreeSurfer Tutorial Datasets

The data set for the Freesurfer tutorials comes in two forms, a "Lightweight" version and a "Full" version.

Lightweight version

Use the following link to download the lightweight version of the tutorial data:

Once the download is complete, uncompress the data file - this usually this can be done by simply double-clicking. To run the tutorials, simply source Freesurfer, then define an environment variable called TUTORIAL_DATA which point to the uncompressed directory. For example:

$> <source freesurfer>
$> export TUTORIAL_DATA=/home/username/Downloads/tutorial_data
buckner_data                    fsfast-functional
diffusion_recons                fsfast-tutorial.subjects
diffusion_tutorial              long-tutorial

You are now ready to start the Freesurfer tutorials.

Full version

The full data for the tutorials consists of several data sets:

Also, if you only want to get started with the basics of FreeSurfer, you need only download the buckner_data set. This will allow you to do the following tutorials:

Download using wget

The wget application is recommended, as some web browsers have difficulty downloading files greater than 4GB in size. Mac OS NOTE: Use curl -O in place of wget.

Open a terminal, create a directory called tutorial_data where you know you have at least 100GB of space, and cd into that directory. To download, type:

wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &

This download will likely take several hours.

The wget application will handle poor connections, and retry if it is having problems. A failed download can be restarted by adding the -c flag to wget, which will cause it to continue from the point where a partial download stopped. Notice the commands have the ampersand, so you can run all these commands at once (although the wget output will be hard to decipher, so an alternative is to run each without the ampersand in a separate terminal). Go to the Installation section below once the files are downloaded.

Optional Verification Step

If you want to verify the files transferred correctly using md5sum, the md5sum for each of these downloads can found in files named *.md5sum.txt in this directory or get them this way:

wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &
wget &

You will want to ensure that these md5sum's match what you find when you run md5sum on your own local downloads. If they do not match, the file transfer may have been faulty or there may have been a disk error. Mac OS NOTE: Use md5 -r to get the same results as md5sum. More on md5sum can be found here.


Uncompress the files

Once the dataset(s) have been downloaded, uncompress and install with the following command run from a terminal window.

tar xzvf <filename>.tar.gz

Replacing <filename> with the name of the file downloaded. The downloaded .tar.gz files can then be deleted.

Set variables to point FreeSurfer to data

To setup the environment variable SUBJECTS_DIR to point to the tutorial data, type the following commands every time you open a new terminal window. Alternatively, you can include the below commands in your .cshrc or .tcshrc file so these variables are automatically set every time you open a new terminal window:

export TUTORIAL_DATA=<absolute_path_to_tutorial_data_directory>

setenv TUTORIAL_DATA <absolute_path_to_tutorial_data_directory>

Note: The tutorial references the TUTORIAL_DATA variable, which is the root directory containing the tutorial data (ie. the directories 'buckner_data', 'long-tutorial', 'fsfast-functional', etc.).

FSL-FEAT Tutorial Data

tar xvfz bert.recon.tgz
cd /place/for/functional/data
tar xvfz fbert-feat.tgz

FsTutorial/Data (last edited 2016-08-04 12:04:00 by AllisonMoreau)