I wonder where the Panama Papers can be downloaded. I have looked around, I couldn't find them.

Where can I find them?

What is the legality, and sensibility of requesting and downloading leaked data? Is now that it's leaked it's in the public domain?

Bounty edit: Summarise all current sources of data, and explain what's in them, what format the data is, etc.

  • Here you go............ thereportertimes.com/… Scroll down the page a bit
    – user10861
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 10:58
  • 5
    See github.com/amaboura/panama-papers-dataset-2016
    – Mapperz
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 14:10
  • 1
    Wikileaks has an unconfirmed copy and may release the full data before "early May", which is slated by SZ - twitter.com/wikileaks/status/716772373408718849
    – philshem
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 20:10
  • 1
    @albert: Arthur Morris hasn't yet enough reputation to comment everywhere ... but a moderator can turn this answer into a comment.
    – user6083
    Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 9:12
  • 2
    I'm not sure I would consider the Panama Papers Open Data. Indeed there are plenty of personal data in there. And even if it is good journalism material, there is a reason why it has not leaked yet and why the ICIJ hasn't released it. I have no opinion on what can be done with it, it's just I don't think that would be Open Data :)
    – Terpo
    Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 10:00

4 Answers 4


The Panama Papers database has just been published at this link https://www.occrp.org/en/panamapapers/database.html

This ICIJ database contains information on almost 320,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers and the Offshore Leaks investigations. The data covers nearly 40 years up to the end of 2015 and links to people and companies in more than 200 countries and territories.

  • You're fast! Good job.
    – philshem
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 18:51

No leak

The Panama Papers were not leaked at all. They were handed over to a German media company which probably paid a good price (translation/summary here) for that deal.

This means, the panama papers generate a lot of media attention, and probably already paid off for the Süddeutsche Zeitung but it wont have much impact as long as the full papers are not completely published at all.

WikiLeaks already asked the rhetoric question on Twitter, if they should release the full papers. Which is a rhetoric question trying to make people aware that nothing was leaked yet. And Wikileaks can't leak anything at all, since the 'whistleblower' decided not to leak to the public but to sell to the media. That's a huge difference.

No data

So far, the SZ never leaked any documents (0). Instead, the guardian leaked a total of 2 documents.

Out of the roughly 11,500,000 documents, only 152 are available currently on document cloud. Not much more was really leaked so far.

To answer the question more directly, the Panama Papers including 11.5 million documents and 2.6 TiB in size can not be downloaded anywhere.

The best you can do is hand-picking the few released documents out there or wait until someone from inside the media company leaks the full dump.

  • Good answer. Part of it is personal opinion though and not in response to the question ("[...] it wont have much impact as long as [...]")
    – sheß
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 23:46

It seems the media is not releasing it to the public yet.

There are some links floating around to a similar (but smaller) 2013 leak, but that is not the one that was released today.



This appears to have the high-level data, though no details about the people involved. http://pastebin.com/pern5JRF


Still waiting for the entire cache, but The Sunday Times has released a list with 37,000 names (10 April 2016).

Search our database of 37,000 names linked to Mossack Fonseca companies in the tax haven of Panama

Direct Link to CSV download (4.4 MB zipped)

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.