Module tf.about.corpora


TF corpora are usually stored on GitHub / GitLab and TF knows how to download a corpus from GitHub / GitLab if you specify the org/repo.

Most corpora are configured by metadata in a directory app in the repo.

You can load a corpus into a Python data structure by

from import use
A = use("org/repo")

And you can get it in the TF browser by saying this on a command prompt:

tf org/repo

Here is a list of corpora that can be loaded this way. Since everybody can put a TF corpus on GitHub / GitLab, the list may not be complete!


modern English Iain M. Banks, 1954 - 2013, 99 words from the SF novel Consider Phlebas, Dirk Roorda

to see the details


English Herman Melville, 1819 - 1891, Novel, 1851; converted from TEI in the Oxford Text Archive, Dirk Roorda

with NLP output from Spacy woven in


English Piet Mondriaan, 1872 - 1944, Test corpus of 14 letters (proeftuin); converted from TEI from the Huygens Institute, together with RKD and HuC; many people involved

with NLP output from Spacy woven in

Cambridge Semitics Lab


Aramaic North Eastern Neo-Aramaic Corpus, 2000, Nena Cambridge, Cody Kingham

with a client-side, offline search interface in JavaScript

CenterBLC Andrews University

Greek Septuagint, 300 - 100 BCE, LXX Rahlf's edition 1935 plus additional features by CenterBLC; earliest extant Greek translation of Hebrew Bible books; Oliver Glanz, Adrian Negrea
Greek New Testament, 100 - 400, GNT Nestle-Aland edition 1904 with new features by CenterBLC, converted from biblicalhumanities/Nestle1904 contributed by Ulrik Sandborg Petersen, Jonathan Robie; Oliver Glanz
Greek New Testament, 100 - 400, converted from James Tauber's morphgnt / sblgnt with additional features by CenterBLC; Adrian Negrea, Clacir Virmes, Oliver Glanz, Krysten Thomas



French, Latin, Dutch Letters from and to Descartes, 1619 - 1650, René Descartes - Correspondance; Ch. Adam et G. Milhaud (eds. and illustrations, 1896-1911); Katsuzo Murakami, Meguru Sasaki, Takehumi Tokoro (ASCII digitization, 1998); Erik-Jan Bos (ed, 2011); Dirk Roorda (converter TEI, 2011 and TF 2023)

with math display and illustrations


Dutch a novel by Jacob van Lennep, 1840, Jacob van Lennep - Ferdinand Huyck; From DBNL, TEI-Lite; Dirk Roorda (converter TEI to TF), see also tf.convert.tei

with NLP output from Spacy woven in

Dutch General Missives, 1600 - 1800, General Missives, Dutch East-Indian Company, Jesse van der Does, Sophie Arnoult, Dirk Roorda

Dutch Dagh Registers Batavia, 1640 - 1641, Daily events at Batavia, Indonesia, historical source for the operation of the Dutch East-Indian Company, Lodewijk Petram, Dirk Roorda. work in progress, currently only volume 4

with many OCR errors and an attempt to detect them

Cody Kingham

Greek New Testament, 50 - 450, Tischendorf 8th Edition, Cody Kingham, Dirk Roorda

Digital Theologians of the University of Copenhagen

Hebrew Samaritan Pentateuch , 516 BCE - 70 AD, MS Dublin Chester Beatty Library 751 + MS Garizim 1, Martijn Naaijer, Christian Canu Højgaard

Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer


Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), 1000 BCE - 900 AD, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Amstelodamensis), ETCBC + Dirk Roorda

the canonical TF dataset, where it all started

Pāli and Latin Ancient Buddhist verses, 300 BCE and 1855 AD, Transcription with Latin translations based on Viggo Fausbøll's book, Bee Scherer, Yvonne Mataar, Dirk Roorda
Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls, 300 BCE - 100 AD, Transcriptions with morphology based on Martin Abegg's data files, Martijn Naaijer, Jarod Jacobs, Dirk Roorda
Greek New Testament, 100 - 400, GNT Nestle-Aland edition 1904 from LOWFAT-XML syntax trees, converted from biblicalhumanities/greek-new-testament contributed by Jonathan Robie and Micheal Palmer; Oliver Glanz, Tony Jurg, Saulo de Oliveira Cantanhêde, Dirk Roorda
Syriac Peshitta (Old Testament), 1000 BCE - 900 AD, Vetus Testamentum Syriace, Hannes Vlaardingerbroek, Dirk Roorda
Syriac New Testament, 0 - 1000, Novum Testamentum Syriace, Hannes Vlaardingerbroek, Dirk Roorda

KNAW/HuygensING and


Dutch Complete Works of W.F. Hermans. The conversion to TF is work in progress. So far these works have been done:

  • Paranoia
  • Sadistisch Universum
  • Nooit meer slapen

Bram Oostveen, Peter Kegel, Dirk Roorda

Not publicly accessible, the book is under copyright.

with a critical apparatus


Dutch Letters of Piet Mondriaan , 1892-1923. Straight conversion from TEI to TF, Peter Boot et al., Dirk Roorda

Work in progress, test set only ("proeftuin").

with NLP output from Spacy woven in


Italian Correspondence of Christofforo Suriano , 1616-1623. Straight conversion from TEI to TF, Nina Lamal et al., Dirk Roorda

Work in progress.

with NLP output from Spacy woven in


Latin The transnational impact of Latin drama from the early modern Netherlands, a qualitative and computational analysis. Conversion from PageXML to TF, Jirsi Reinders, Hayco de Jong, et al., Dirk Roorda

Work in progress.

NINO Cuneiform

Akkadian / cuneiform Medical Encyclopedia from Nineveh, ca. 800 BCE, Medical documents with lemma annotations, Cale Johnson, Dirk Roorda
Akkadian / cuneiform Old Assyrian documents, 2000 - 1600 BCE, Documents from Ashur Cale Johnson, Alba de Ridder, Martijn Kokken, Dirk Roorda
Akkadian / cuneiform Old Babylonian letters, 1900 - 1600 BCE, Altbabylonische Briefe in Umschrift und Übersetzung, Cale Johnson, Dirk Roorda

proto-cuneiform Uruk, 4000 - 3100 BCE, Archaic tablets from Uruk, Cale Johnson, Dirk Roorda

with lots of illustrations

Protestant Theological University

Greek Literature
Greek Literature, -400 - +400, Perseus Digital Library and Open Greek and Latin Project The result of a massive conversion effort by Ernst Boogert.
Greek Works of Athenaeus, 80 - 170, Deipnosophistae, Ernst Boogert


Arabic Quran, 600 - 900, Quranic Arabic Corpus, Cornelis van Lit, Dirk Roorda

University of Utrecht: Cornelis van Lit

Arabic Fusus Al Hikam, 1165- 2000, editions (Lakhnawi and Afifi) of Ibn Arabi's Fusus plus commentaries in the centuries thereafter, Cornelis van Lit, Dirk Roorda


Old Royal
Akkadian-Sumerian cuneiform Bilingual royal inscriptions, 2000 - 1600, more info to come, Martijn Kokken, Dirk Roorda

Get corpora


TF downloads corpus data and apps from GitHub / GitLab on demand.

See tf.about.use.

Data ends up in a logical place under your ~/text-fabric-data/.

The TF data is fairly compact.

Size of data

There might be sizable additional data for some corpora, images for example. In that case, take care to have a good internet connection when you use a TF app for the first time.


TF data of corpora reside in a back-end repo. You can manually clone such a data repository and point TF to that data.

First, take care that your clone ends up in github/orgName or gitlab/orgName (relative your home directory) where orgName is the organization or person or group on GitHub / GitLab under which you have found the repo.

Then, when you invoke the app, pass the specifier :clone. This instructs TF to look in your local GitHub / GitLab clone, rather than online or in your local ~/text-fabric-data, where downloaded data is stored.

use('org/repo:clone', checkout="clone")
tf org/repo:clone --checkout=clone

In this way, you can work with data that is under your control.

Size of data

Cloning a data repository is more costly then letting TF download the data. A data repository may contain several versions and representations of the data, including their change histories. There might also be other material in the repo, such as source data, tutorials, programs.

For example, the ETCBC/bhsa repo is several gigabytes, but the TF data for a specific version is only 25MB.

Extra data

Researchers are continually adding new insights in the form of new feature data. TF apps make it easy to use that data alongside the main data source. Read more about the data life cycle in tf.about.datasharing.

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