Upload your AncestryDNA data to Open Humans

AncestryDNA is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company that tests around 700,000 genetic variants across your whole genome. By uploading your AncestryDNA data to Open Humans you can use this data to gain additional insights into your genome and additionally share it with research projects.

To get started all you have to do is login into Open Humans, authorize this integration and upload your new AncestryDNA 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 AncestryDNA 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 AncestryDNA website. From there:

  1. Log in to the AncestryDNA site
  2. From the AncestryDNA status page click the link "manage test settings".
  3. On the "settings" page click the "Get started" button on the right under "Download your raw DNA data".
  4. Enter your password. This will trigger an email that will be sent to your email account on file, which will include a link to confirm download of the DNA data.
  5. Open the email and click the "Confirm data download" button in the email.
  6. Click on "Download Raw DNA Data".

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 AncestryDNA 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.