Academic users may freely use the KEGG website at http://www.kegg.jp/ or its mirror site at GenomeNet http://www.genome.jp/kegg/. Academic users may also freely link to the KEGG website. Non-academic users may use the KEGG website as end users for non-commercial purposes, but any other use requires a license agreement. Non-academic users and Academic users intending to use KEGG for commercial purposes are requested to obtain a license agreement through KEGG's exclusive licensing agent, Pathway Solutions, for installation of KEGG at their sites, for distribution or reselling of KEGG data, for software development or any other commercial activities that make use of KEGG, or as end users of any third-party application that requires downloading of KEGG data or access to KEGG data via the KEGG API.
Our major source of funding has come from the Institute for Bioinformatics Research and Development (BIRD) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). As of April 1, 2011 BIRD has been converted to the National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) in JST.
NPO Bioinformatics Japan operates the KEGG FTP site for academic users. KEGG FTP academic subscription (paid subscription) is available to academic users belonging to academic institutions. First, register for a KEGG FTP account from the URL below:
and activate your account by following the link given in the confirmation email that you receive. Second, login to your account and submit a subscription request, which gives you a link to download your order form. You will have to agree with the terms and conditions of use to complete this step. Third, fill in the order form and send it back by email.
Subscription orders outside of Japan are handled by Pathway Solutions Inc.1
email: academic @ pathway.jp
Subscription orders within Japan are handled by NPO Bioinformatics Japan
email: academic @ bioinformatics.jp
Once your payment is confirmed, you will have an access to the KEGG FTP site.