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What's the CKAN?
The CKAN is a metadata respository and associated tools to allow you to find, install, and manage mods for Kerbal Space Program. It provides strong assurances that mods are installed in the way prescribed by their metadata files, for the correct version of Kerbal Space Program, alongside their dependencies, and without any conflicting mods.
The CKAN has been inspired by the solid and proven metadata formats from both the Debian project and the CPAN, each of which manages tens of thousands of packages. If you have ever used a package manager to install software on linux, you can think of this as the equivalent for KSP mods.
CKAN is the first mod manager designed to fit the needs of modders as well as those of the players:
- it provides players with an easy-to-use tool that can find, install and update mods automatically, without worrying about missing files or misreading the installation instructions;
- with very few exceptions, mod can be included in CKAN without requiring any changes or special procedures
CKAN isn't reliant on any one person to index mods:
- metadata for mods can be contributed by anyone simply by following the steps in Adding-a-mod-to-the-CKAN