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An extension for authorizing resources

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ckanext-resourceauthorizer - Resource authorizing extension

Resourceauthorizer is a extension for enalbing the acl-based permission control at resource-level in CKAN, which currently only support role-based access permission at dataset-level.

This extension provides an ability to let users specify who (users or organizations) can or cannot access a certain resource.


  • Access permission setting for an organization will affect all members of the organization.
  • Extension always uses access permission at user-level as the final decision if there exists both rules for user and organization.
  • Allowing user/organization to access a resource will enable the access of the dataset metadata for that user/organization.


This extension was developed and tested under CKAN-2.7.3


To install ckanext-resourceauthorizer:

  1. Activate your CKAN virtual environment, for example:

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

    pip install ckanext-resourceauthorizer
  3. Add resourceauthorizer 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

Run the following command to create the necessary tables in the database (ensuring the pyenv is activated):

(pyenv) $ paster --plugin=ckanext-resourceauthorizer resourceauthorizer initdb --config=/etc/ckan/default/production.ini

Run the following command to reindex the CKAN metadata in solr (ensuring the pyenv is activated):

(pyenv) $ paster --plugin=ckan search-index rebuild --config=/etc/ckan/default/production.ini

Finally, restart CKAN to have the changes take affect:

sudo service apache2 restart

Development Installation

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

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

Running the Tests

To run the tests, do:

nosetests --nologcapture --with-pylons=test.ini

To run the tests and produce a coverage report, first make sure you have coverage installed in your virtualenv (pip install coverage) then run:

nosetests --nologcapture --with-pylons=test.ini --with-coverage --cover-package=ckanext.resourceauthorizer --cover-inclusive --cover-erase --cover-tests

Registering ckanext-resourceauthorizer on PyPI

ckanext-resourceauthorizer should be availabe on PyPI as If that link doesn’t work, then you can register the project on PyPI for the first time by following these steps:

  1. Create a source distribution of the project:

    python sdist
  2. Register the project:

    python register
  3. Upload the source distribution to PyPI:

    python sdist upload
  4. Tag the first release of the project on GitHub with the version number from the file. For example if the version number in is 0.0.1 then do:

    git tag 0.0.1
    git push --tags


This work was supported by Institute for Information & communications Technology Promotion (IITP) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No.2017-00253, Development of an Advanced Open Data Distribution Platform based on International Standards)

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