How to download repair data for your group or event

Restarters is built on open source principles. That doesn’t just mean that the underlying code is accessible to everyone, but also that we believe you should have access to your own data.

If you’re a group host or network coordinator, you can now download all the repair data uploaded for your group(s) and for each of your individual events.

This can be useful if you want to save your own backup somewhere, move to a different platform or perform your own analysis.

Here’s how it works…

Download your group’s repair data

To download all the repair data for your group, you need to be a host of the group or a coordinator for the group’s network.

Follow these steps to download the repair data for your group:

  1. Go to your group’s page (you can find your group(s) here)
  2. Click/tap on the ‘group actions’ button and select ‘Export group data’, as below:

This will download all of your group’s repair data as a .csv file, which you can open with all common spreadsheet software.

Download your event’s repair data

To download all the repair data for an individual event, you need to be a host of the group that ran the event or a coordinator for that group’s network.

:bulb: The ‘export group data’ function (described above) includes information about the event at which each item was seen.

Follow these steps to download the repair data for an individual event:

  1. Go to the event’s page
  2. Click/tap on the ‘event actions’ button and select ‘Export event data’, as below:

This will download all of the repair data added to the event as a .csv file, which you can open with all common spreadsheet software.

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Thanks James!
However, it doesn’t work for me - the dropdown in, for example, neither the Restart Group nor Hackney’s group contain the ‘Export’ choice when I am logged in. Are the public allowed to see this data or is it restricted in some way?

Hi Chris, thanks for trying this out. To download a group’s data, you need to be a designated ‘host’ of that group. Hosts have a little label by the name in the list of volunteers, like this:

So you should see the option for your group, Haringey Fixers, although it doesn’t look you have any repair data to download yet. Even so, the option should be there in the menu - let me know if it isn’t though!

In any case, you can download the full dataset from Restarters on Restart’s main site here:

It’s licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, meaning anyone can download and see the data and use it under the conditions listed here.

And if you’d like even more, we combine this data with repair data from our partners in the Open Repair Alliance (including Repair Café International). You can find the full combined dataset here: