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What is Kete?

Kete is a collaboration engine. It is open source software that you can use to create and share online. Write topics and upload images, audio, video, documents. Discuss them all. Link them together. It's a fun way to get things done. Check out the FAQ for more about Kete. Feel free to ask your questions there!

Kete was originally developed by Horowhenua Library Trust and Katipo Communications, Ltd. for the Kete Horowhenua site.

You can join the Mailing List, or check out the Mailing List Archive or visit our #kete IRC channel on Freenode.

#kete IRC channel

Feature overview

Kete is built around rich tools for collaboration with user generated content at its core while understanding that different circumstances may call for different types of access or privacy. You use the same tools whether you are uploading a totally public image or sharing in private to a limited number of users. Kete can also be extensively tailored to suit a particular use. Kete respects context.

This spirit of sharing and collaboration is extended even to data portability. Kete includes RSS feeds for everything from the normal site updates through to highly specific entries based on search results. Kete also has a built-in OAI-PMH repository that makes all of a site's public records available for metadata harvesting.

Kete sites may pull material in from related services across the internet. Integrate your organization’s other online collections, a library catalogue, another Kete site, or even Twitter into Kete searches and pages.

Features in detail:

See "What is the roadmap for current and future development?" for more upcoming feature plans.

Where can I get the software?

You'll want to read the Downloads page and the Installation Guide. You can also browse the source code at

Who uses Kete?

This site runs on Kete. Check out the map (or list view) of sites that we know that run Kete at

Has Kete won any awards?

Kete has had the following accolades:


Special mention at 2007 World Summit Awards : North America and Oceania. More>>


 Winner of the 2007 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries. More>>   

 Finalist of the 2010 NZOSA Open Source Project. More>>   

What is the roadmap for current and future development?

Kete 1.3 latest stable release

Kete 1.3 is the current stable release. Click here to learn more about Kete 1.3

Future planned releases

Kete 1.4 is under discussion. Possible options are listed at

What would you like to see in Kete 2.0?

The initial technical vision for Kete 2.0 is laid out in the 2.0 milestone, but it evolving and there is an open discussion of Kete 2.0 in this topic.

No financial or coding contributions have been officially pledged to the Kete 1.4, or 2.0 releases yet. Please contact us if you would like to contribute.

What specific enhancements would you like added to Kete?

Share your ideas or help us hash out the details for future enhancements to Kete by editing or commenting on this topic.

What are some of the other resources on this site?

How can I contribute code?

Got improvements or bugfixes for Kete that you would like to share?  See the following topic for how to get your contributions included in Kete.

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