In the ever-evolving digital landscape, effective data management plays a pivotal role, driving organizations from diverse sectors to search for reliable tools and platforms. CKAN, a renowned open-source data management system, has garnered acclaim for its robust features and adaptable nature. Now, with the “ckanext-keycloak” extension developed by Keitaro Inc., CKAN’s capabilities reach new heights by seamlessly integrating with Keycloak, an open-source identity and access management solution. In this blog post, we embark on a journey to explore the myriad benefits of this integration and how it empowers organizations to embrace secure and efficient data management practices.

Enhancing Authentication and Authorization

Integrating CKAN with Keycloak opens the door to a myriad of advantages, prominently among them being the bolstered authentication and authorization mechanisms it offers. Keycloak’s centralized user management system empowers organizations with meticulous control over user access and permissions. Leveraging the ckanext-keycloak extension, CKAN seamlessly taps into Keycloak’s authentication and authorization capabilities, facilitating administrators in effortlessly defining access controls, assigning roles, and managing user identities. Embrace this powerful combination for elevated data management efficiency and heightened security in your organization!

Seamless Single Sign-On (SSO) Experience

The integration between CKAN and Keycloak brings the benefits of Single Sign-On (SSO) to data management workflows. Users can now log in to CKAN using their Keycloak credentials, eliminating the need for separate authentication mechanisms across multiple systems. This seamless SSO experience not only simplifies user access but also improves security by reducing the risk of weak or reused passwords.

Granular Access Controls and Federation

By combining CKAN’s data management features with Keycloak’s access control capabilities, organizations gain granular control over who can access and modify datasets. Keycloak supports role-based access control (RBAC), enabling administrators to assign specific roles to users and regulate their actions within the CKAN system. This level of control ensures that sensitive data remains protected and prevents unauthorized access.

Furthermore, Keycloak supports federation protocols such as SAML and OpenID Connect, allowing organizations to integrate CKAN with other systems seamlessly. This federation capability simplifies user management, as user accounts and permissions can be synchronized across multiple platforms, improving efficiency and reducing administrative overhead.

Enhanced Security and Compliance

Data security and compliance are top priorities for organizations handling sensitive information. The integration of CKAN with Keycloak enhances security measures by providing robust authentication protocols, including support for multi-factor authentication (MFA). This added layer of security ensures that only authorized users can access CKAN and the datasets within.

Keycloak also offers features like user consent management, auditing, and centralized policy enforcement, enabling organizations to meet various compliance requirements, such as GDPR or HIPAA. The ckanext-keycloak extension leverages these features, making CKAN a more secure and compliant platform for data management.


The integration between CKAN and Keycloak through the ckanext-keycloak extension brings significant advantages to organizations seeking streamlined data management processes. With enhanced authentication and authorization mechanisms, seamless single sign-on experience, granular access controls, and improved security and compliance features, CKAN becomes a powerful and secure platform for data management.

Organizations can leverage this integration to establish a robust data governance framework, enabling efficient collaboration, controlled access, and better compliance with regulatory standards. By embracing this integration, data-driven organizations can enhance their data management practices, ensuring data is accessible to the right users while maintaining the highest levels of security and privacy.
To implement this integration in your own organization, you can find a detailed step-by-step installation guide on our GitHub repository.

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