An open-source DMS (data management system) for powering data hubs and data portals

CKAN is the world leading Open Source data portal platform. It has a powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. The official Swiss Open Government Data portal, is one of the many portals based on this platform.

CKAN provides an extensive API for the metadata of the open data catalogue. The API provides powerful functionality for developers to build on, and makes it possible for you to try searching for datasets from portals like inside of mobile apps like the Open Data Companion - or even right here on this page:

CKAN: The Open Source Data Portal Software

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CKAN is the world’s leading open-source data portal platform. CKAN makes it easy to publish, share and work with data. It's a data management system that provides a powerful platform for cataloging, storing and accessing datasets with a rich front-end, full API (for both data and catalog), visualization tools and more. Read more at <>_.


See the CKAN Documentation <>_ for installation instructions.


If you need help with CKAN or want to ask a question, use either the ckan-dev_ mailing list, the CKAN chat on Gitter, or the CKAN tag on Stack Overflow (try searching the Stack Overflow and ckan-dev archives_ for an answer to your question first).

If you've found a bug in CKAN, open a new issue on CKAN's GitHub Issues_ (try searching first to see if there's already an issue for your bug).

If you find a potential security vulnerability please email, rather than creating a public issue on GitHub.

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Contributing to CKAN

For contributing to CKAN or its documentation, see CONTRIBUTING <>_.

Mailing List ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Subscribe to the ckan-dev_ mailing list to receive news about upcoming releases and future plans as well as questions and discussions about CKAN development, deployment, etc.

Community Chat ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you want to talk about CKAN development say hi to the CKAN developers and members of the CKAN community on the public CKAN chat on Gitter_. Gitter is free and open-source; you can sign in with your GitHub, GitLab, or Twitter account.

The logs for the old #ckan_ IRC channel (2014 to 2018) can be found here:

Wiki ~~~~

If you've figured out how to do something with CKAN and want to document it for others, make a new page on the CKAN wiki_ and tell us about it on the ckan-dev mailing list or on Gitter.

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Copying and License

This material is copyright (c) 2006-2018 Open Knowledge Foundation and contributors.

It is open and licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) v3.0 whose full text may be found at:

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