Access to the SOEP data

Information on Using SOEP Data


The SOEP micro data which we make available for scientific research for free can only be interpreted using statistical software.

Direct use of SOEP data is subject to the high standards for lawful data protection in the Federal Republic of Germany. Signing a contract on data distribution with the DIW Berlin is therefore a precondition for working with SOEP data. After signing the contract, the data of current waves will be available on request via personalized encrypted download.  

Researchers can also use small-scale regional data at the Research Data Center SOEP.

The access procedure at a glance | PDF, 0.65 MB .


As soon as the contractual conditions have been fulfilled, you can order the SOEP data using our online form. We offer various data formats for use with the standard statistical software (SPSS, Stata, ASCII, etc.).

You will receive an e-mail (from FDZ SOEP Cryptshare <>) containing a download link that will expire after the stated period of time. Using your personal password, you will be able to open the link and download the data. Instructions on downloading the data can be found here.

You will receive the passwords by text message to your cellphone.