Changes on CRAN

The ‘Changes on CRAN’ article from the 2021-1 issue.

Kurt Hornik (

WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria

) , Uwe Ligges (

TU Dortmund, Germany

) , Achim Zeileis (

Universität Innsbruck, Austria


In the past 6 months, 1290 new packages were added to the CRAN package repository. 116 packages were unarchived and 467 were archived. The following shows the growth of the number of active packages in the CRAN package repository:

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On 2021-06-30, the number of active packages was around 17778.

CRAN package submissions

During the the last three quarters (September 2020 to June 2021), CRAN received 25426 package submissions. For these, 44844 actions took place of which 29039 (65%) were auto processed actions and 15805 (35%) manual actions.

Minus some special cases, a summary of the auto-processed and manually triggered actions follows:

archive inspect newbies pending pretest publish recheck waiting
auto 6191 5988 5585 0 0 7244 2429 1602
manual 6586 117 874 855 249 5467 1322 335

These include the final decisions for the submissions which were

action archive publish
auto 5573 (22.5%) 6131 (24.8%)
manual 6478 (26.2%) 6544 (26.5%)

where we only count those as auto processed whose publication or rejection happened automatically in all steps.

CRAN mirror security

Currently, there are 103 official CRAN mirrors, 82 of which provide both secure downloads via https and use secure mirroring from the CRAN master (via rsync through ssh tunnels). Since the R 3.4.0 release, chooseCRANmirror() offers these mirrors in preference to the others which are not fully secured (yet).

New packages in CRAN task views


causact, dina, edina, errum, greta, mcmcensemble, rrum, shinybrms.


DTAT, Keyboard, MinEDfind, PowerUpR, UnifiedDoseFinding, cosa, crmPack, presize, randomizeR, replicateBE, rpact, simglm.


mdendro, mixR.


RxODE, mrgsolve, nlmixr.


collapse, ivreg, lfe.


AssetCorr, LSMRealOptions, NFCP, frenchdata, garchmodels.


face, mfaces, sparseFLMM.


proffer, profile, profmem, targets.


AWAPer, HydroMe, LWFBrook90R, MODIStsp, airGRdatassim, synthesis, telemac.


DoubleML, lightgbm\(^*\), mlpack, splitTools.


CoTiMA, DTAplots, EvidenceSynthesis, MetaIntegration, RoBMA, RobustBayesianCopas, bnma, boutliers, forplo, fsn, gmeta, metaSurvival, metamicrobiomeR, metapack, nmaplateplot, smd.


InformativeCensoring, NADIA, dejaVu, grf, idem, lqr, misaem, missRanger, mixture, norm2, samon, semTools.




collapse, longCatEDA, sdcMicro, simPop.


QPmin, SPOT, psqn, rminizinc, rmoo.


ata, tidyLPA.


knitcitations, reportfactory, targets.


clubSandwich, clusterSEs, skewlmm.


GWmodel, RCzechia, chilemapas, dbmss, geobr, geouy, giscoR, ipdw, mapSpain, osmextract, rgee, rgugik, terra.


Cyclops, DAAG, InformativeCensoring, LTRCtrees, LogicReg, SGL, SimSurvNMarker, YPmodel, asbio, bayesSurv, bujar, concreg, etm, frailtyHL, frailtySurv, frailtypack, joineRML, kmc, kmi, mets, mlr3proba, npsurv, plsRcox, reReg, rstanarm, simPH, smoothSurv, spef, superpc, tranSurv.


HDTSA, LSTS, Rcatch22, Rsfar, VARDetect, autostsm, bayesforecast, blocklength, clock, collapse, dynr, fpcb, gsignal, legion, mfbvar, strucchangeRcpp, tensorTS, tsrobprep.


AzureCosmosR, AzureGraph, AzureKusto, AzureQstor, AzureTableStor, AzureVision, Microsoft365R.

(* = core package)


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Hornik, et al., "Changes on CRAN", The R Journal, 2021

BibTeX citation

  author = {Hornik, Kurt and Ligges, Uwe and Zeileis, Achim},
  title = {Changes on CRAN},
  journal = {The R Journal},
  year = {2021},
  note = {},
  volume = {13},
  issue = {1},
  issn = {2073-4859},
  pages = {633-635}