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General information about CRAN/E


CRAN/E is a modern PWA (Progressive Web App) that serves as a search engine and information display for packages hosted on CRAN. CRAN/E means The Comprehensive R Archive Network, Enhanced.

None of our provided services host any of the packages. The only mission of this application is to make R-packages hosted on CRAN easier to find and better to read. CRAN/E services only store metadata associated to the packages for the purpose of searching and displaying information.


Our names are Lukas and Tom and we're two developers from Austria. Our passion for coding (the one in R, the other in TypeScript) led us to the discovery of the original CRAN-site. Seeing the desparate visual state the site was in, we decided to give it a facelift. We're not affiliated with CRAN or RStudio in any way.

CRAN/E is the culmination of our efforts to make the site more modern and user-friendly and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Our main focus was ease of use and accessibility, especially for lightning fast searches.

A band of brothers

Black and white portrait of Lukas
BSc Lukas Schönmann

I enjoy cycling as often as I can, but also caring for my plants a lot. Also I'm the brother of Tom (the other guy).

Black and white portrait of Tom
Tom Schönmann

There's nothing better than swimming , well, apart from coding all day and night. Oh yes, and I'm the brother of Lukas.


CRAN/E uses for a privacy-friendly, non-invasive way to collect some basic usage data of this PWA. This analytics service is hosted in the EU and doesn't collect any personal identifiable data. This is also the reason why you don't see a cookie-banner - we simply don't need consent for data we never collect in the first place.

You can opt-out of those basic analytics by clicking the button below. Please note that we only collect anonymous core web vitals data and no personal identifiable data. This means that we can't identify you in any way. Your opt-out will be stored in your browser's local storage.



The source code for the CRAN/E frontend is available on Github as OSS (open source software). We believe in the power of open source and are happy to share our work with the community. For more details including the license, please visit the repository.

If you want to contribute to the project, feel free to open a pull request or an issue on Github. We're always happy to hear from you!

If you want to support us, you can do so by donating to our BuyMeACoffee.

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