Libcloud support (AWS, Azure, Google, and 50+ cloud providers) for CKAN


Implements support for using S3, Azure, or any of 30+ providers supported by libcloud to CKAN.


After installing ckanext-cloudstorage, add it to your list of plugins in your .ini:

ckan.plugins = stats cloudstorage

If you haven’t already, setup CKAN file storage or the file upload button will not appear.

Every driver takes two options, regardless of which one you use. Both the name of the driver and the name of the container/bucket are case-sensitive:

ckanext.cloudstorage.driver = AZURE_BLOBS
ckanext.cloudstorage.container_name = demo

You can find a list of driver names here (see the Provider Constant column.)

Each driver takes its own setup options. See the libcloud documentation. These options are passed in using driver_options, which is a Python dict. For most drivers, this is all you need:

ckanext.cloudstorage.driver_options = {"key": "<your public key>", "secret": "<your secret key>"}


Most libcloud-based providers should work out of the box, but only those listed below have been tested:

Provider Uploads Downloads Secure URLs (private resources)
Azure YES YES YES (if azure-storage is installed)
AWS S3 YES YES YES (if boto is installed)
Rackspace YES YES No

What are “Secure URLs”?

“Secure URLs” are a method of preventing access to private resources. By default, anyone that figures out the URL to your resource on your storage provider can download it. Secure URLs allow you to disable public access and instead let ckanext-cloudstorage generate temporary, one-use URLs to download the resource. This means that the normal CKAN-provided access restrictions can apply to resources with no further effort on your part, but still get all the benefits of your CDN/blob storage.

ckanext.cloudstorage.use_secure_urls = 1

This option also enables multipart uploads, but you need to create database tables first. Run next command from extension folder: paster cloudstorage initdb -c /etc/ckan/default/production.ini

With that feature you can use cloudstorage_clean_multipart action, which is available only for sysadmins. After executing, all unfinished multipart uploads, older than 7 days, will be aborted. You can configure this lifetime, example:

 ckanext.cloudstorage.max_multipart_lifetime  = 7

Migrating From FileStorage

If you already have resources that have been uploaded and saved using CKAN’s built-in FileStorage, cloudstorage provides an easy migration command. Simply setup cloudstorage as explained above, enable the plugin, and run the migrate command. Provide the path to your resources on-disk (the ckan.storage_path setting in your CKAN .ini + /resources), and cloudstorage will take care of the rest. Ex:

paster cloudstorage migrate <path to files> -c ../ckan/development.ini


  1. You should disable public listing on the cloud service provider you’re using, if supported.
  2. Currently, only resources are supported. This means that things like group and organization images still use CKAN’s local file storage.


  • DataViews aren’t showing my data! - did you setup CORS rules properly on your hosting service? ckanext-cloudstorage can try to fix them for you automatically, run:

    paster cloudstorage fix-cors <list of your domains> -c=<CKAN config>
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