[ckan-dev] Full-text search of PDF files in CKAN?

Andrew White WhiteA at landcareresearch.co.nz
Fri Sep 12 03:27:12 UTC 2014

Greetings from a new subscriber!

Our institution has begun using CKAN for data archiving, and it has been suggested that we could also use it as a document repository. Documents would mainly be PDF but other file types eg. .doc .txt might be included.

One of the features we would want in a document repository is the ability to search the full text of documents, including PDFs that include searchable text.

Has anyone implemented such a search in CKAN? What would be required - a new extension if none exists already? Presumably solr could provide the search if the text field could be indexed somehow. Perhaps a metadata field containing the text, but automatically populated by parsing the document on addition to CKAN?

Is there any limit to the size of the metadata fields, for indexing purposes?


Andrew White
Information Systems Support Specialist
Landcare Research New Zealand
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Lincoln, Canterbury 7640
New Zealand

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