Upload your 23andMe file to Open Humans

23andMe is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company that tests between 500,000 and 1,000,000 genetic variants. You can use this tool to upload your 23andMe data to your Open Humans account, e.g. to share with projects in the Open Humans platform. Open Humans is not affiliated with 23andMe.

To get started all you have to do is login into Open Humans, authorize this integration and upload your new 23andMe data file.

Some of your questions should be answered in our FAQ.


Will my data be publicly available?

The short answer: No, by uploading your 23andMe file you don't agree to make your data public or give anyone access to this data. It will be stored in your account and you decide with whom to share.

The longer answer: It can be public if you want it to be public. If you're logged in into Open Humans& you can head to your personal data page, and make individual sources publicly available. If that's too much genome sharing for you, you can also see if there are individual projects or studies with which you want to share your genome.

Where do I find the raw data I'm supposed to upload?

If you head to the 23andMe website you should find a link that allows you to request a download of your data. After a bit of time you should get an email with the link to download your full data set. This file should be a single .zip file. You can upload this one right away. We will take care of the rest.

Are other file formats okay too?

If you've already unzipped your file or have repackaged the contained .txt into a .gz or .bz2, these will work as well. Please make sure not not change the format of the file though. Otherwise the processing on our end will fail and we will delete the file from your account.

File Conversions

We will use your 23andMe file additionally to convert it into the more common .vcf format. This way you can use your data in additional genomic exploration tools!

How-to get in touch:

This Open Humans project is hosted and run by the Open Humans team.

You can reach us via email at support@openhumans.org or on Twitter at @OpenHumansOrg.