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A model for working with Data Packages.

  • Starting from version v0.8.0 datapackage on NPM contains this library. Data Package Manager could be found here.
  • Version v0.2.0 has renewed API introduced in NOT backward-compatibility manner. Previous version could be found here.


  • Datapackage class for working with datapackages.
  • Resource class for working with resources.
  • validate function for validating datapackage descriptors.
  • Use remote or local datapackages
  • Use remote or local profiles


For now it's published in test mode. Please wait for publishing as datapackage before any usage except test usage.

$ npm install datapackage


import { Datapackage } from 'datapackage'
new Datapackage('').then(datapackage => {
  // Print datapackage descriptor 
  // Print datapackage resources 
  // Print resource data 
  datapackage.resources[0].table(table => { => {
  // Change datapackage name 
  datapackage.update({name: 'Renamed datapackage'})


A base class for working with datapackages. It provides means for modifying the datapackage descriptor and adding resources, handling validation on along the process.

import { Datapackage } from 'datapackage'
new Datapackage('', 'base', false).then(datapackage => {
  // see if datapackage is valid 
  // add new Resource 
  const valid = datapackage.addResource({ name: "New resource" })
  // `addResource` returns the validation result of the changes 
  if (!valid) {
    // see the errors why the package is invalid 
    // output: [ 'Data does not match any schemas from "anyOf" in "/resources/1" schema path: "/properties/resources/items/anyOf"' ] 


new Datapackage([Object|String] descriptor, [Object|String] profile, [Boolean] raiseInvalid, [Boolean] remoteProfiles, [String] basePath)

Returns: Promise that resolves in Datapackage class instance or rejects with Array of descriptive errors.
  • descriptor is the only required argument and it represents the description of the Datapackage
  • profile (defaults to base) is the validation profile to validate the descriptor against. Available profiles are base, tabular and fiscal, but you can also provide your own profile Object for validation.
  • raiseInvalid (defaults to true) can be used to specify if you want a Array of descriptive errors to be throws if the datapacakge is invalid (or becomes invalid after modifying it), or to be able to work with datapackage which is in invalid state.
  • remoteProfiles (defaults to false) can be used to specify if you want to work with the local copies of the profiles or fetch the latest profiles from Internet.
  • basePath (defaults to empty string if the descriptor is an Object, the URL if it's a remote path or it's the dirname of the local path) can be used to specify the base path for the resources defined in the descriptor. Resources path is always appended to the basePath. The default behaviour of basePath is:
    • If initialized with path to a local file
      • default basePath is dirname of the path
      • any explicitly provided basePath to the constructor is appended to the default basepath
    • If initialized with a remote path
      • default basePath is the remote path
      • any explicitly provided basePath to the constructor is appended to the default basePath
    • If initialized with Object
      • default basePath is empty String ('')
      • any explicit basePath will be used as basePath
    • In case when the resource path is an absolute URL, basePath is disregarded and only the URL is used to fetch the resource.
    • Examples
      • datapackage is initialized with the my-datapackages/datapackage.json descriptor, the basePath is set to data/ and the resource path is november/resource.csv the resource is expected to be in my-datapackages/data/november/resource.cvs relative of the directory where the library is executed.

Class methods

.update({Object} descriptor)

Returns: true or false for the validation status, or throws an Array of descriptive errors if raiseInvalid is set to true.

The update method provides a way for updating the Datapackage descriptor properties. The provided Object is merged with the current descriptor and this is validated against the specified profile.

Note: the objects are not deeply merged. Internally we use the assignIn method from Lodash.

.addResource({Object} resource)

Returns: true or false for the validation status, or throws an Array of descriptive errors if raiseInvalid is set to true.

Method for adding a resource to the datapackage.

Class getters


Returns: true or false for the validation status of the datapackage. Datapackages are always valid if raiseInvalid is set to true.


Returns: an empty array if there are no errors, or array with strings if there are errors found.


Returns: the datapackage descriptor


Returns: array of Resource class objects


A class for working with resources. You can read or iterate resources with the table method.

import { Resources } from 'datapackage'
const resourceData = [[180, 18, 'Tony'], [192, 32, 'Jacob']]
const resourceSchema = {
  fields: [
      name: 'height',
      type: 'integer',
      name: 'age',
      type: 'integer',
      name: 'name',
      type: 'string',
const resource = new Resource({ data: resourceData, schema: resourceSchema })
// output the resource type 
// if data is inline as in this example, you can get it with the `source` getter 


new Resources({Object} descriptor, {String} basePath)

Returns: Promise that resolves in a class instance or rejects with Array of errors.
  • descriptor is a required argument representing the description of the Resource
  • basePath (defaults to null) is the path prepended to the path of the resource

Class getters


Returns: a jsontableschema-js Table instance of the resource.

JSON Table Schema (specs) is a json representation for tabular data. Using the Table instance you can iterate and read over the data.


Returns: the resource descriptor


Returns: the name of the resource


Returns: the type of the resource which can be inline, remote or local


Returns: the resource data if the resource is inline, the path if the resource is remote or the path prepended with the basePath if the resource is local


import { validate } from 'datapackage'
validate({ name: "Invalid Datapackage" }).then(validation => {
  if (validation instanceof Array) {
    // output the validation errors 

A wrapper function around Profiles.validate for validating datapackages.

validate({Object} descriptor, {String} profile, {Boolean} remoteProfiles)

Returns: a Promise that resolves in true or Array of string errors, or rejects with Error if something went wrong with fetching the profiles

  • descriptor the datapackage descriptor to validate
  • profile (defaults to base) the id of the profile to validate against
  • remoteProfiles (defaults to false) whether to use the remote profiles or the locally cached ones

Updating the local profiles

You can check whether there are newer profiles available by running:

$ npm run schemas:check

If newer profiles are available you can update the local copies by running:

$ npm run schemas:update

Running the usage examples

There are documented usage examples in the examples directory. In order to run the examples you must first build the library. To build the library run:

npm run build:lib

After that, you can run the examples with node, for example:

node examples/datapackage.js