When you create a dataset with resources, DKAN is reading the data directly from the resource file or API.

The Datastore component provides an option for you to parse CSV or TSV files and save the data into database tables. This allows users to query the data through a public API.

In turn, by adding your CSV resources to the datastore, you are getting the fullest functionality possible out of your datasets.

Note: CSVs must be in UTF-8 format. If you’re having trouble uploading a CSV file to the datastore, please make sure that you’ve exported it in UTF-8 format.

Importing Resources

When viewing a resource you will see the “Manage Datastore” button among the local task options.

Click the “Manage Datastore” button. The top of this screen will give you useful information about the current status of the resource and the datastore.

Importer:The manager chosen.
Records Imported:
 The number of rows from the CSV that have been imported to the datastore.
Data Importing:The current state of the importing process. The following states are possible: ready, in progress, done, or error.

Step 1: Configure the Manager

DKAN provides two ways to manage data imports.

Simple Import:this is the default manager and will be the only option unless you enable Fast Import.
Fast Import:this is disabled by default as it is still experimental, you can enable it from the modules UI or with drush en dkan_datastore_fast_import. See how to set up fast import here

Step 2: Configure the import option settings for proper parsing

Adjust the defaults if necessary.

delimiter:the character that separates the values in your file.
quote:the character that encloses the fields in your file.
escape:the character used to escape other characters in your file.

Step 3: Import

Click the “Import” button at the bottom of the page. Most files will complete the import process right away. Larger files will be processed in ‘chunks’ during cron runs. Be sure you have [cron]( running at regular intervals.

Once the import is complete the Data Importing state will display ‘done’. The Records Imported should match the number of rows in your file.

Datastore API

Your data is now available via the Datastore API! For more information, see the Datastore API page.

Click the “Data API” button at the top of the resource screen for specific instructions.

Dropping the Datastore

To remove all records from the datastore:

  1. Visit the resource page.
  2. Click the “Manage Datastore” button.
  3. Click the “Drop” button.
  4. Confirm by clicking the “Drop” button.

Remove Stuck Datastore

If a datastore cannot import correctly, it may be left in a ‘stuck’ state.

To reset the datastore state and remove any incompletely imported datastore table, run drush dkan_datastore_drush_delete [RNID]. Replace ‘[RNID]’ with the node id of the related resource.

DKAN Fast Import Manager


The FastImport Manager is disabled by default and only works with files hosted in the web server and with a properly configured mysql client and server.

DKAN provides a second manager: FastImport.

This manager allows the importing of huge CSV files into the datastore at a fraction of the time it would take using the regular import.


  • A MySQL / MariaDB database
  • Cronjob or similar to execute periodic imports.


Because of the above requirements, which may not be available on all hosting environments, this module is disabled by default in DKAN.


  • Inside your settings.php add a pdo element to your database configuration. For example:

    $databases['default']['default'] = array (
      'database' => 'drupal',
      'username' => 'drupal',
      'password' => '123',
      'host' => '',
      'port' => '',
      'driver' => 'mysql',
      'prefix' => '',
      'pdo' => array(
  • Go to /admin/modules, turn on DKAN Datastore Fast Import and press Save configuration. Alternatively you can use drush to enable this module: drush en dkan_datastore_fast_import.

  • Make sure you do not see this message at the top of the page:

    Required PDO flags for dkan_datastore_fast_import were not found. This module requires PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_LOCAL_INFILE and PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_USE_BUFFERED_QUERY


If you are using the docker-based development environment utilized by DKAN Tools, you will need to execute the following commands (take note that admin123 is the password of the admin user in that mysql environment):

dktl dc exec db bash
mysql -u root -padmin123
GRANT FILE ON *.* TO 'drupal';


To import a resource using Fast Import, follow the instructions previously given in “Importing Resources”.


  • If you get an error like
SQLSTATE[28000]: invalid authorization specification: 1045 access denied for user
'drupal'@'%' (using password: yes)

you will need to grant FILE permissions to your MYSQL user. To do so use this command: GRANT FILE ON *.* TO 'user-name'

Important notes when upgrading DKAN to 7.x-1.16 from previous versions


Be sure to read the following breaking changes if you have code that depends on the datastore API.

Field names

Prior to the DKAN 7.x-1.16 release, the datastore field names matched the column headers exactly as they were in the CSV file used to create the datastore. This has changed in the 7.x-1.16 version of the Datastore, now the field names are transformed into lower case and spaces are replaced with underscores. For example, if your CSV file has a column name titled School Year, after importing the file to the datastore you will need to access it using school_year as the field name.

Empty values

On previous versions of DKAN, when there was a cell with an empty value in a CSV file, that value would be imported as NULL into the datastore. After importing a file to the datastore with DKAN 7.x-1.16 or later, those empty values are kept as empty strings and not as NULL values.

Use of feeds

Use of the feeds module as a method for importing data into the datastore has been deprecated in DKAN 7.x-1.16. It is important that if you have any implementations that still rely on feeds, you will need to refactor that code to use the new ‘Simple Import’, or add the patched version of feeds from 7.x-1.15.5 to your /src/make/drupal.make file.

Also, it is important to note that when you upgrade from a previous version of DKAN, DKAN Datastore Fast Import will not be enabled by default. If you were previously using that option you will need to re-enable the module.

DKAN Datastore tables

On previous versions of DKAN, the import process was done via the feeds module, which produced tables with the field feeds_flatstore_entry_id as the primary key. Starting in 7.x-1.16, the feeds module has been replaced by DKAN Datastore Simple Import, and the new primary key for the DKAN datastore tables is a serial field called entry_id.

NOTE: If you are upgrading, existing datastore tables will NOT be updated automatically.

You have two options:

  1. You can drop the datastore for each resource and re-import: this will delete the corresponding table and importing will create the table using the new schema.
  2. Create a hook update in a custom module and add the following code:
$tables = db_query("show tables like 'dkan_datastore_%'")->fetchAll();
foreach($tables as $key => $value) {
  $table_name = reset($value);
  db_drop_field($table_name, 'feeds_flatstore_entry_id');
  db_add_field($table_name, 'entry_id',
      'type' => 'serial',
      'not null' => TRUE,
      'unsigned' => TRUE,
    ['primary key' => ['entry_id']]

This code will look for all of the dkan_datastore tables in your database, drop the primary key, drop the field feeds_flatstore_entry_id and add the new field entry_id as the primary key for each table.