Downloading Multiple DHS Datasets

Downloading Multiple DHS Datasets


Welcome to the DHS Program video on downloading
multiple datasets. This video will discuss how to use the bulk
dataset downloader. The DHS datasets download system now allows
for bulk downloading to assist those users who are approved for a large number of countries/datasets. To use the bulk downloading system, data users
must first install a download manager, which, due to authentication requirements, MUST be
an extension or a plugin to a browser. There are a number of download managers available
for each of the major browsers. However, the one we have tested extensively,
and are recommending is called “Chrono Download Manager” for the Google Chrome browser. This extension is available from the Chrome
library of extensions. Follow these steps to install the “Chrono
Download Manager” for Chrome: Please note that Chrono is a third party software
extension that DHS did not develop, so we cannot guarantee the functionality or any
other aspects of this software. You are responsible for the protection of
your equipment and your data. DHS will not be liable for any problems or
issues you may encounter in connection with using Chrono. Open Chrome browser. Click on “Customize and control Chrome” button
at top right corner. Select “Settings”. Select “Extensions”. Click on “Get more extensions”. This will bring up a list of Chrome extensions
available. In the search box type “Chrono”. This should bring up the “Chrono Download
Manager” in the extensions search results. Click on the “Add to Chrome” button, then
confirm “add extension”. This should automatically install the extension
and when a blue box shows up, click on “Start!”. That brings up the Chrono download manager
interface, and you are now ready to use the DHS Bulk Downloading system. There are a number of additional options and
settings available for Chrono, if you’d like to customize it. These are available by clicking on the “gears”
icon at the top right of the Chrono interface then the “interface” option and clear all
the checkboxes except the one under miscellaneous. The pop-up notifications can be annoying. Also there are two progress displays option. We recommend the grid style. That is available by clicking the small “grid”
icon at the lower left of the download progress screen. The DHS bulk downloading system is accessed
by first logging into your datasets download account on the DHS website, and following
these steps of the Chrono Download Manager: After login, select a project. For this example I have already requested
dataset access for 10 countries. Click on the “Download Manager” button. Select countries, file data type, and file
format type. Now click the “Build URL File list” button. Just above your selections, you’ll see a link
to a txt file (“Text file with URLs”) which contains a list of URLs for the datasets from
your selection. Copy the entire list of URLs. Click the Chrono icon at the top right of
your browser and then click “Open Manager” link at the bottom of the Chrono window. Click on the big “plus” icon at the top left
of the Chrono interface. Paste the URL list into the box labeled “URL”
then click “Start!” (NOTE: the copied URL list may preload into
the URL box) The download process should start automatically. You can also easily disable the download manager
by going into Chrome browser settings then extensions then clear the enable checkbox. To turn it back on just go back to same screen
and click enable.

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