KEGG FTP Academic Subscription

NPO Bioinformatics Japan operates the KEGG FTP site for academic users (see background information on the KEGG website). Please subscribe to gain access to this site. Subscription orders are handled by Pathway Solutions Inc.

How to subscribe

KEGG FTP academic subscription (paid subscription) is available to academic users belonging to academic institutions for the purposes of academic research. To obtain a subscription:

  1. Register for a KEGG FTP account from the URL below:
  2. Activate your account by following the link given in the confirmation email you receive

  3. Login to your account and submit a subscription request, which gives you a link to download your order form and agreement form

  4. Fill in the order form, sign the agreement form, and send them by email to

    academic @

Once your payment is confirmed, you will have an access to the KEGG FTP site.

Subscription types and fees

There are two subscription types:
  • Personal use (see: agreement) -- for a single end user
  • Organizational use (see: agreement) -- for a service provider and/or multiple end users
with different subscription fees (see: price list).

Please select "Personal use" if you are the only end user of the KEGG FTP data.
Please select "Organizational use" if you provide any outside service using the KEGG data.

"Organizational use" also allows multiple end users in the same organization located at the same place. An organization may be a laboratory, a department or a whole institution dependng on who signs the agreement.

The order forms are different for the users outside of Japan and within Japan.

KEGG FTP Data Content

The content of the weekly updated KEGG FTP site is shown in the following Readme files.

KEGG FTP by non-academic users

Non-academic users are requested to obtain a license agreement for downloading KEGG. Please contact Pathway Solutions Inc. ( for licensing and pricing information.