Changes on CRAN

2023-10-01 to 2023-12-31

Kurt Hornik (WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) , Uwe Ligges (TU Dortmund) , Achim Zeileis (Universität Innsbruck)

1 CRAN growth

In the past 3 months, 455 new packages were added to the CRAN package repository. 217 packages were unarchived, 362 were archived and 1 had to be removed. The following shows the growth of the number of active packages in the CRAN package repository:

CRAN growth: Number of CRAN packages over time in levels (left) and in logs (right).

On 2023-12-31, the number of active packages was around 20249.

2 CRAN package submissions

From October 2023 to December 2023 CRAN received 7408 package submissions. For these, 12015 actions took place of which 8598 (72%) were auto processed actions and 3417 (28%) 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 2489 749 1627 18 0 2352 842 521
manual 1178 73 58 206 75 1380 379 68

These include the final decisions for the submissions which were

archive publish
auto 2394 (32.9%) 2045 (28.1%)
manual 1162 (16.0%) 1681 (23.1%)

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

3 CRAN mirror security

Currently, there are 94 official CRAN mirrors, 77 of which provide both secure downloads via ‘httpsand 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).

4 CRAN Task View Initiative

Currently there are 44 task views (see, with median and mean numbers of CRAN packages covered 104 and 123, respectively. Overall, these task views cover 4516 CRAN packages, which is about 22% of all active CRAN packages.


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For attribution, please cite this work as

Hornik, et al., "Changes on CRAN", The R Journal, 2023

BibTeX citation

  author = {Hornik, Kurt and Ligges, Uwe and Zeileis, Achim},
  title = {Changes on CRAN},
  journal = {The R Journal},
  year = {2023},
  note = {},
  volume = {15},
  issue = {4},
  issn = {2073-4859},
  pages = {295-296}