New package 'packagefinder' - Search for packages from the R console

There are over 12,700 R packages on CRAN. How to find the right one for you? The new package 'packagefinder' helps you search for packages on CRAN right from the R console.

With 'packagefinder' you can search for multiple keywords in the name, title and description of the CRAN package, either case-sensitive or insensitive and define your own weighting scheme for the search results, if you like. Once you have found a promising package, you can use the simple function go() to go to the package's CRAN webpage or view its PDF manual, directly from the R console without having to installing the package first. Of course, you can also install the package easily, if you want to try it out.

Check our 'packagefinder' on CRAN:

And leave your comments on GitHub ( or contact me via Twitter or e-mail. Your ideas are highly appreciated!


  1. Very useful, is it possible to add an hyperlink to the CRAN package URL from the table for each name in NAME field?

  2. This is very nice. I've been looking for something like this.

  3. Many thanks for this. Very useful!


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