Search: How to use it?

The IMF Data Portal Search Page is the main interface of all and any search inquiries. 

Search is applied across all variables, and across all available datasets, to create a comprehensive list on all possible fits. [see Search Tips]

There are four main components of the Search Page. 

Data Presentations

Data Presentations provides a list of all matching portals and data reports. You have the option to further filter the list to either specific Datasets or Topics. Selecting a choice will open a corresponding portal or data report.

Time Series

Time Series is the most granular data search available.  The search contains all possible matches to an indicators’ descriptor. 

The resulting list will be a list of indicators along with information on its dataset and the range of available data. You also have the option to filter the search to be within a certain dataset.

Selecting an indicator allows users to directly interact with the time series. A country control is provided to allow for a sample preview of the data across time.

Users are able to add desired indicators to a workbook for further analysis. Workbooks can be found under My Data and can only be accessed with a login. 


Dataset search is the highest level of search.

The result is a list of all datasets where the search criterion is relevant. You also have the option to limit the list of datasets to be within a certain topic. If available, a dataset with a corresponding data portal will be a clickable link.

Users also have the option to bulk download data.  Please note that bulk download can only be triggered once a user has accessed the IMF data portal site with a login.

News or Documents

In addition to data, users will also have access to a variety of literature that supports the data.  News and documents associated with a particular dataset are featured, as relevant, within a portal. Methodological manuals, press releases, companion guides are just a sample of documents available.

The results list news or documents which are most relevant based on the provided criterion. In both cases users have the option to filter searches based on Datasets or Topics.  However, under documents, you have the additional choice to filter based on available Categories, of which News is one.

Help Documents and References

  1. Print-ready data tables in PDF format
  2. Query: How to use it
  3. Search: How to use it?
  4. Query: How to delete a saved query?
  5. Export Data: How to Bulk Download
  6. Navigation: How to find a dataset from the Home page
  7. Query: How to find the indicator for which I want data?
  8. Query: How to select multiple indicators
  9. Query: How to select the countries for which I want data?
  10. Query: How to select time and frequencies for which I want data?
  11. Query: How to change the font and font size?
  12. Query: How to change the number of decimal places?
  13. Table: How to export data from Tables
  14. Query: How to change the units
  15. Query: How to export my Query table into Excel
  16. Query: How to save queries
  17. Query: How to retrieve longer historical data series for a dataset
  18. Search Tips
  19. Browser Compatibility
  20. Query: How to create a Pie chart
  21. Query: How to create a Rating chart
  22. Query: How to create a Table
  23. Query: How to create Stacked bar
  24. Query: How to create Stacked column
  25. Query: How to create Area
  26. Query: How to create Column
  27. Query: How to create Bar
  28. Query: How to create Line
  29. Query: How to create Spline
  30. Query: How to create Scatter chart
  31. Query: How to create Bubble chart
  32. Query: How to create Treemap
  33. Query: How to create Map
  34. Query: How to change database from the query tool
  35. How do I get the underlying data in a table or a chart?
  36. Finding Data using Concept Codes
  37. Data Services
  38. Using SDMX 2.0 Web Service
  39. Using SDMX 2.1 Web Service
  40. JSON RESTful Web Service
  42. EZProxy: How to configure on the User side
  43. Table: How to select countries for which I want data
  44. Table: How to select indicators for which I want data
  45. IFS publication in PDF file – where to find
  46. Composition of Current Statistical Groups and Aggregates
  47. Bulk Download: How to extract and view data in Excel?
  48. Data services: how to get the code of a dataset and a list of all dimensions and elements?
  49. Workbook: How to show additional attributes (Country Name, Indicator Name, Database, etc.)?
  50. Workbook: How to add an attribute (Country, Time, Frequency, etc.) to a Series Tree?
  51. IFS: Accessing data vintages and print-ready data tables (PDF)
  52. DOT: Accessing data vintages and print-ready data tables (PDF)

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