Free Accounts Data Product

Daily Files

What is it?

The Accounts Data Product is a free downloadable ZIP file, which contains the individual data files (instance documents) of company accounts filed electronically.

The most recent accounts data can be downloaded from the daily files provided here, whilst historic accounts data is available from the previous year's monthly files.

The individual data files within the ZIP file will be in one of two formats, either:

  • inline XBRL format (.html file extension) or;
  • XBRL format (.xml file extension).

Each data file is provided free of charge and is not supported. Due to its size, each file can take several minutes to download.

When will it be updated?

A new daily file will be added each morning over a 5-day period (Tuesday-Saturday). Each file will only contain the accounts data registered on the previous day, with the exception of Tuesday's file which will contain data registered on the previous Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

How long is each file available to download?

Each daily file added will only be available to download for 60 calendar days, after which time it will be removed and the data will only be available via the previous year's monthly files.

What information is in the file name?

The daily ZIP file name identifies the date (YYYY-MM-DD) the file was created
e.g. AccountsBulkData_2013-12-31.zip.

The individual filenames will identify the company number (e.g. 01234567) and balance sheet date (e.g. 31/12/2012). The file type indicates if it is iXBRL (html) or XBRL (xml).
e.g. Prod223_0123_01234567_20121231

Prod223_0123 are internal run processes.

Additional Information

Data is only available for electronically filed accounts, which currently stands at about 60% of the 2.2 million accounts we expect to be filed each year.

You can view the data using Notepad, or a similar text based program. A rendered image of the accounts can be viewed when opened via a web browser. To view the data within your browser, use right-click and "View Source".

Both iXBRL and XBRL are difficult to manipulate without specialised software. Below are examples of the data format.

More information on validation, formatting and referenced taxonomies, can be found in our Free Accounts Data Product FAQs..

Historic accounts data is provided in the previous year's monthly files.

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Last Updated: 22/07/2014