Open Data Kit (ODK)

A free and open source set of software tools, developed by the University of Washington, to help create mobile data services including generating data collection forms, collecting data on a mobile device and providing online data storage and aggregation.


"Tools below are the released and supported ODK projects.

  • Build - ODK Build enables users to generate forms using a drag-and-drop form designer. Build is implemented as an HTML5 web-based application and targets the common use case of a simple form.
  • Collect - ODK Collect is powerful phone-based replacement for your paper forms. Collect is built on the Android platform and can collect a variety of form data types: text, location, photos, video, audio, and barcodes.
  • Aggregate - ODK Aggregate provides a ready to deploy online repository to store, view and export collected data. Aggregate can run on Google's reliable and free infrastructure as well as on local servers backed by MySQL and PostgreSQL.
  • Form Uploader - ODK Form Uploader easily upload a blank form and its media files to ODK Aggregate.
  • Briefcase - ODK Briefcase is the best way to transfer data from Collect and Aggregate.
  • Validate - ODK Validate ensures that you have a OpenRosa compliant form -- one that will also work with all the ODK tools.
  • XLS2XForm - ODK XLS2XForm allow XForms to be designed with Excel."


The OpenDataKit website has helpful information on how to use ODK. This specific page provides information on what tools you need, and how to use ODK.
Ask questions in the ODK Google Group or email ODK directly for support.


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Benger Hassan

Please show me step by step, How could i create form one ore more.Then link with surver and how excel sheet prepare also link with surver. Thanks

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Emma Smith

Hi Benger, 

You can find resources to help you use this tool here. This link contains the 'documentation' for the tool and a link to the forum if you have any further questions. 

Best wishes, 


Anonymous's picture
Abdiweli Aden yakub

good job keep it up

Anonymous's picture
Tumim Wolde

it is so helpful. Thanks a lot!!!

Anonymous's picture
Waleed Ahmad

Dear Team,

Could you please help and support me to operate and maintain the infrastructure of the Aggregate for my organisation.

Thank you,

Waleed Ahmad

GIS Engineer


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