CKAN extension for Open Africa
by CodeForAfrica

openAFRICA CKAN Extension

CKAN theme for openAFRICA platform accessible at


Then follow the steps below to install the openAfrica extension:

Step 1:

  • Activate your virtual environment; use the path to your virtual environment. On Mac OSX, you may have to use /usr/local/lib/ckan/default/bin/activate. You can copy the code as it is below, including the preceeding dot.
. /usr/lib/ckan/default/bin/activate

Step 2:

  • Install the extension

If you are not a developer and just want to install the extension from package, just run this command from your virtual environment:

pip install ckanext-openafrica

Note: If you wish to modify the extension in any way, you can download the source code and install the extension manually. To do so, execute the following command:

$ pip install -e git+

Alternatively: You can clone this repo (preferrably into the /src directory where you installed CKAN), cd into ckanext-openafrica and run

$ python develop

Step 3:

  • Modify your configuration file (generally in /etc/ckan/default/production.ini) and add openafrica in the ckan.plugins property.
ckan.plugins = openafrica <OTHER_PLUGINS>

Step 4:

  • Restart your server:
paster serve /etc/ckan/default/production.ini


paster serve --reload /etc/ckan/default/production.ini

With --reload, your server is restarted automatically whenever you make changes in your source code.

If your extension is installed successfully, your page will change to the openAfrica theme.

Note: This extension, being a thememing extension, may override templates from other extensions. Templates in /ckanext/openafrica/templates may require some modifications to render properly with openAfrica extension.


If you’ve found a bug/issue in the extension, open a new issue here _ (try searching first to see if there’s already an issue for your bug).

If you are interested in contributing to the development of openAfrica extension, you are welcome. A good starting point will be reading the CKAN general Contributing guide. Then you can checkout existing issues that are open for contribution; new features and issues are welcome. To work on any issue, comment on the issue to indicate your interest and the issue will be assigned to you. It is always a good idea to seek for clarification (where necessary) on any issue you work on.

It is important that changes that require some form of configurations should be documented in the README.


GNU General Public License

openAFRICA aims to be the largest independent repository of open data on the African continent. Copyright (C) 2017 Code for Africa

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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