Data Provider Toolkit


The freeware "ecoEditor for ecoinvent version 3" is the tool to create, edit, review and upload datasets for the future versions of the ecoinvent database. 

It replaces the old (only internally used) ecoEditor 1 and the spreadsheet-based ecoSpoldAccess. The ecoEditor is free to use.


Supporting documents

The ecoEditor Software

Freeware ecoEditor for Data Providers


The software "ecoEditor for ecoinvent version 3" is free to use.


The primary use of the ecoEditor is to submit data to ecoinvent and not for accessing the ecoinvent database. If you would simply like to access the database, view or download datasets, please login to the database through ecoQuery.


A document providing a short introduction to the software is installed on your computer as part of the ecoEditor. In addition, a four part audio-visual tutorials of ecoEditor offer a basic introduction to the tool.


For more information detailed information also have a look at our FAQs or contact us at


Download the ecoEditor

ecoEditor Release Notes

ecoEditor User Manual


Access to Unlinked Datasets


The ecoEditor gives you access to the production database of ecoinvent; in other words you have access to the latest accepted status of all unlinked datasets of the future version of the ecoinvent database. With the ecoEditor tool you can download these datasets (e.g. in order to prepare a corrected version of these data or to establish a new dataset on the basis of one of the existing datasets) .


The download requires a data provider account, for which you can apply directly from the software, and is limited to 10 datasets per day.


We hope you will enjoy working with the ecoEditor and are looking forward to your contributions for the improvement and expansion of our database.


In case you find a bug or have suggestions to improve the ecoEditor please contact us at


Supporting Documents for the ecoEditor

Guidelines for data providers to ecoinvent


This document provides you all the necessary information to create and submitt data to the ecoinvent database. The guidelines walks you through some basic concepts and methodology of ecoinvent, explins how the ecoEditor works and how to use it, and finally walks you though the review process. 


Would you like to recieve the Guidelines? Contact us at



Watch webinars on ecoinvent YouTube channel


Introduction to ecoinvent v3 

Introduction to ecoEditor


Find more useful videos on the channel, such as the linking videos (APOS and consequential). 

Check list


This document is a check list you can go through before and after compiling your dataset to submit to ecoinvent. This can help you to first plan ahead and then check that you have completed all steps to successfully submit.


Check list

Errors in ecoEditor


Find here a list of the most common errors that data providers experience while using ecoEditor and how to solve them. The document also includes tips to avoid mistakes.


Errors in ecoEditor


Excel template


This excel reproduces how a dataset looks like in ecoEditor, listing all fields etc. Please do use this template together with the Guidelines for data providers.


Excel template

Example dataset


You can consult this dataset as an example of what the undefined version of an activity should look like. Read more about PDF documentation in ecoinvent.


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