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How can I download big datasets?

Export compressed geopackage tables within .carto files as a workaround for dowloading big datasets.

Sometimes users end up with verly large tables that cannot be exported because of platform limitations. In order to bypass this problem, there is a workaround that solves the issue.

Create a map and download it as a .carto

The trick is to create a map using the dataset you want to download and then simply download your map as a .carto file. Read this article to learn about exporting and importing CARTO maps.

What’s next?

This .carto file is just a zip file containing your dataset as a Geopackage. The format is very compact and easy to convert to other formats using modern GIS software such as QGIS.