# How many GAIA Data Release 2 files are there?

http://cdn.gea.esac.esa.int/Gaia/gdr2/gaia_source/csv/

But it keeps giving a different number of links. Sometimes it shows 16,000 files, sometimes 31,000 and the max I have seen is 61,237. What is the correct number I should download? GAIA GDR2 documentation does not list the total number of files available.

Interestingly, if the index lists less than 60k files, it still has the closing /html tag so it would appear I have a complete index file, but the contents are not complete.

• Using curl, I got 61240 lines total, but that includes some headers, so I think 61237 is correct and your browser may just be timing out. In particular, the last file on my list is "GaiaSource_999922404314639104_1000172126596665472.csv.gz", which seems correct, since the first number increases with each file and seems to finally "wrap around" with the last file. – barrycarter Apr 29 '18 at 3:54
• Thanks, I did more tests and 61237 seems to be the correct number. Add this as an answer and i will accept it. – Ags1 Apr 30 '18 at 10:04
• Thanks. I'm not really into the points thing, but feel free to post it as your answer. – barrycarter Apr 30 '18 at 17:04

There are 61,234 data files in the directory. There are three additional (non-data) files:

MD5SUM.txt
_citation.txt
_disclaimer.txt


If you include those, the total number is 61,237.

• Proofs: curl -s 'http://cdn.gea.esac.esa.int/Gaia/gdr2/gaia_source/csv/MD5SUM.txt' | grep 'GaiaSource_' | wc -l for the terminal or [...document.querySelectorAll("a")].filter((el) => /GaiaSource/.test(el.href)).length for the browser console (F12) in a modern browser. – try-catch-finally Dec 1 '19 at 13:37