Datapkg v0.7 Beta Released

OCTOBER 14, 2010

I’ve just put out a beta of a major new version of datapkg (see changelog below):

There’s a quick getting started section below (also see docs).

About the release

This is a substantial release with a lot of new features. As this is a client app which will run on a variety of platforms its been released as a beta first so there’s a chance to catch any of the cross-platform compatibility bugs that inevitably show up. (My favourite from last time was a variation between python 2.5 and 2.6 in the way urlparse functioned for non-standard schemes …)

I’d therefore really welcome any feedback especially regarding bugs and from people using platforms I don’t usually – such as windows!

Get started fast

# 1. Install: (requires python and easy_install)
$ easy_install datapkg
# Or, if you don't like easy_install
$ pip install datapkg or even the raw source!

# 2. [optional] Take a look at the manual
$ datapkg man

# 3. Search for something
$ datapkg search ckan:// gold
gold-prices -- Gold Prices in London 1950-2008 (Monthly)

# 4. Get some data
# This will result in a csv file at /tmp/gold-prices/data
$ datapkg download ckan://gold-prices /tmp

Find out more » – including how to create, register and distribute your own ‘data packages.


  • (MAJOR) Support for uploading datapkgs (
  • (MAJOR) Much improved and extended documenation
  • (MAJOR) Make datapkg easily extendable
    • Support for adding new Index types with plugins
    • Support for adding new Commands with command plugins
    • Support for adding new Distributions with distribution plugins
  • Improved package download support (also now pluggable)
  • New sqlite-based DB index (ticket:360)
  • Improved spec: support for db type index + better documentation
  • Better configuration management (especially internally)
  • Reduce dependencies by removing dependency on PasteScript and PasteDeploy
  • Various minor bugfixes and code improvements