QGIS plugin to load and display Open Data from CKAN
by BergWerk GIS


QGIS PlugIn to load and display Open Data from CKAN enabled data portals.

Sponsored by Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung - KAGIS

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This plugin has been tested with various CKAN servers (API v3 supported only), but we soon came to realize that each data portal implements its very own strategy for structuring metadata.

It is very likely that data from some servers cannot be browsed or downloaded!

References for the time being are:

Pull requests that make such servers accessible (and don’t break others) are welcome!


Within QGIS

Plugins -> Manage and Install Plugins -> Search: CKAN-Browser -> Install plugin

From Zip

Download CKANBrowser.zip and extract to ~/.qgis2/python/plugins

From Source

git clone https://github.com/BergWerkGIS/QGIS-CKAN-Browser.git
cd QGIS-CKAN-Browser/CKAN-Browser
make clean
make derase
make deploy


After successful install there is a new toolbar available (click on Settings):

CKAN Browser Toolbar


  1. Select a local directory where downloaded data will be cached
  2. Choose a pre-configured CKAN Server
  3. Apply to copy selected CKAN Server URL to 4.
  4. Leave URL as is or enter your own
  5. Check if connection is possible
  6. Save settings and close

CKAN Browser Settings

Open Data (CKAN) Browser

  1. Enter your search term and press <ENTER> or click on 2
  2. Search: query server with search term
  3. List of data sets found, click to get more details in 4, 5 and 7
  4. Description of selected data set (if supported by server)
  5. Resources associated with selected data set (if supported by server)
  6. Click on resource to see resource URL 7 and copy to clipboard in case automatic download does not work
  7. Check resource (or several, if supported by server) to select for download
  8. Load Data to download the selected resources and automatically open them
  9. Download URL of selected resource. Handy to copy and try the link in a browser if the download does not work, e.g.: some resources link to HTML or 404 pages
  10. List of categories/groups available at the selected CKAN server (if supported by server)
  11. Check to limit your search to one or several group(s).
  12. Double click on a group to get all data sets associated with that group
  13. List all data available sets

Open Data (CKAN) Browser

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