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The extension adds the ability to include a data dictionary (metadata) for each dataset. Admins can create the data dictionary when adding the dataset, or create/modify it any other time. Users see the data dictionary as another tab for each dataset. Since this dictionary extension utilizes the DataStore extension, Data Dictionary information can be accessed via API.

Additional stage added to dataset setup

Additional stage added to dataset setup

Editing data dictionary for a dataset

Editing data dictionary for a dataset

User view of the data dictionary

User view of the data dictionary


The extension requires the DataStore extension to also be installed. Additionally, it only works on CKAN versions that have two current stages in the 'add dataset' dialog.


To install ckanext-dictionary:

  1. Activate your CKAN virtual environment, for example:

    . /usr/lib/ckan/default/bin/activate
  2. Install the ckanext-dictionary Python package into your virtual environment:

    pip install ckanext-dictionary
  3. Add dictionary to the ckan.plugins setting in your CKAN config file (by default the config file is located at /etc/ckan/default/production.ini).

  4. Restart CKAN. For example if you've deployed CKAN with Apache on Ubuntu:

    sudo service apache2 reload

Config Settings

This version includes no user config settings.

Development Installation

To install ckanext-dictionary for development, activate your CKAN virtualenv and do:

git clone
cd ckanext-dictionary
python develop
pip install -r dev-requirements.txt

Running the Tests

There are presently no tests included with the extension.

Releasing a New Version of ckanext-dictionary

ckanext-dictionary is availabe on PyPI as To publish a new version to PyPI follow these steps:

  1. Update the version number in the file. See PEP 440 for how to choose version numbers.

  2. Create a source distribution of the new version:

    python sdist
  3. Upload the source distribution to PyPI:

    python sdist upload
  4. Tag the new release of the project on GitHub with the version number from the file. For example if the version number in is 0.0.2 then do:

    git tag 0.0.2
    git push --tags