Download data for the whole world

These are very large files that may take a long time to download.
It is best to download by country.

But if you want the whole world you can download version 2.8 as a single layer ESRI geodatabase or shapefile.

Or as six dissolved layers (one for each level of subdivision): geodatabase or shapefile

Previous versions
Version 2.7 : ESRI geodatabase

Version 2.0 : shapefile, ESRI geodatabase, or personal geodatabase.

Version 1.

These data can be used for non-commercial purposes only. It is not allowed to redistribute these data, or use them for commercial purposes, without prior consent. Using these data to create maps for academic publishing is allowed.