A fully-featured, mature, and 100% open source DMS


All of a CKAN website’s core functionality (everything you can do with the web interface and more) can be used by external code that calls the CKAN API.


The CKAN DataStore extension provides an ad hoc database for storage of structured data from CKAN resources.


CKAN allows you to pick and choose which features you want to use for your data portal. Or, you can easily develop your own by following the extending guide!

  • Geospatial

    Advanced geospatial features, covering data preview, search, and discovery.

  • Metadata

    Commonly metadata is provided by default, and additional attributes can be defined as needed.

  • Manage data

    An intuitive web interface allows you to easily register, update and refine datasets.

  • Search

    Rich search experience which allows for quick ‘Google-style’ keyword search and filtering.

  • Themeable

    Completely customize to match your brand. We’ve prepared a theming guide to help.

  • Visualization

    Create data-visualisation views and expose data as line, bar and pie charts.

  • Federate

    Creation of a federated network of data portals which share data between each other.

  • Filestore

    Upload media and image files. Stores files either on the server or in the cloud using extensions.

  • Security

    CKAN Security Practices and Controls


Our amazing community has taken CKAN to the next level, creating rich library extensions to save everyone time on development.

Get started

CKAN is 100% open source and available on Github. View the docs for help getting started, and if you get stuck on anything, reach out to our community.

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CKAN for Government

CKAN is used by national and regional government organisations throughout the European Union, the Americas, Asia and Oceania to power a variety of official and community data portals.


CKAN for Enterprise

CKAN has been adopted by enterprise organisations in sectors such as resources, energy, pharmaceuticals and finance to publish and manage internal data assets.