Here we provide files for download containing data from the Guide to PHARMACOLOGY in various formats. These are the most commonly requested types of data file; other data and file formats are available by emailing us.

The Guide to PHARMACOLOGY database is licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL).
Creative Commons LicenceIts contents are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Web Services

Our REST web services enable computational access to most of the GtoPdb data in JSON format. Please see the web services page for more information and a full listing of the web services available.

Download data files

Downloads are from the 2019.5 version.

Download CSV/TSV files with information on targets, ligands and interactions. We also provide mappings between our internal identifiers and URLs to HGNC gene IDs/symbols or UniProt accessions. Read a description of the files here

Notes on using CSV files with Microsoft Excel

Some users have reported problems opening CSV files with Microsoft Excel 2016 where their default list separator is a semicolon. In this case all text after a semicolon will be lost. You can check if this is the case for you by opening the target and family CSV file and looking to see whether there is text in any of the columns after column I ("synonyms") for rows 3 and 5. The list separator can be changed in "Control Panel / Region / Additional Settings / List separator:".


Specific datasets related to the Guide to IMMUNOPHARMACOLOGY can be found on its help page. This also contains GtoImmuPdb release documentation and files related to our 2018 NAR paper.

Download RDF version

We now provide access to part of the GtoPdb data (target-ligand interactions with some supporting information) in RDF (linked data) format. There are 4 data files (one containing all the data, one describing just targets, one for ligands and one for interactions), these are provided in Notation3 (N3) format. We also provide 2 metadata files which include a general description of the dataset and specific information on the 2019.4 version

Download the full database

We provide a copy of the current public relational database (created with PostgreSQL version 9.2) to download (please read the license information above).

View the PostgreSQL database entity relationship diagram (ERD) (generated by SQL Power Architect)

Archived PostgreSQL versions:

We keep an archive of old PostgreSQL versions and the most recent archived versions are available here. For older versions, please contact us.

MySQL version:

We no longer provide an up-to-date MySQL version. We are willing to discuss providing a MySQL version 'on demand', so please get in touch if you'd like to discuss this. We also have some archived versions which were created with MySQL 5.6. However, note these were untested trial versions. (The data are encoded in character set UTF-8; to use it with MySQL you need to enable full UTF-8 4-byte support.)

Please note that while we hope this information will be useful, the database file is provided "as is" and without any technical support on using PostgreSQL or MySQL.

Hosted target and ligand lists

We also host a number of attributed target and ligand lists extracted from the literature as supplementary data or downloaded from databases.

Presentation slides and posters

We also provide a set of generic slides and a poster for public use when producing presentations and teaching materials using the IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY.