This page is a reference documentation. It only explains the function signature, and not how to use it. Please refer to the user guide for the big picture.



Return the directories in which nilearn looks for data.

This is typically useful for the end-user to check where the data is downloaded and stored.

data_dirpathlib.Path or str, optional

Path where data should be downloaded. By default, files are downloaded in a nilearn_data folder in the home directory of the user. See also nilearn.datasets.utils.get_data_dirs.

pathslist of strings

Paths of the dataset directories.


This function retrieves the datasets directories using the following priority :

  1. defaults system paths

  2. the keyword argument data_dir

  3. the global environment variable NILEARN_SHARED_DATA

  4. the user environment variable NILEARN_DATA

  5. nilearn_data in the user home folder

Examples using nilearn.datasets.get_data_dirs#

Basic nilearn example: manipulating and looking at data

Basic nilearn example: manipulating and looking at data