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CPrAN allows you to browse, install and remove Praat plugins of all kinds. With it, you can also keep up to date with the latest releases of those plugins, and make sure that the plugins you install are always in working order.
All you need to get up and running is explained in the installation instructions.
Once you are done, take a look at the documentation for how to use the current client, or read below for a quick overview. You can also take a look at the currently registered plugins to whet your appetite.
And if you are interested, you can read about the rationale of the project.
Although future versions will probably have a GUI, to use the current version
of CPrAN, you’ll have to use the command line. You can get to a command line
with one of the many terminal emulators in Linux, the Terminal app in Mac, or
cmd in Windows.
The text in the boxes below written with a
monospaced font is text that you
should write into the command line.
CPrAN connects to an online database of plugins, and stores a local copy of that listing in your computer. That way it knows what the latest versions of the different plugins are.
To refresh your local database, use the
You can then get a listing of all the plugins with the
You’ll get a list of all the available plugins, with its name, version, and
a short description. The “local” column shows the version that you have
installed (or nothing, if it’s not installed), and the “remote” column shows the
latest version since the last time you ran
Plugins that yuo have installed that are not on CPrAN will also be listed, and marked as such.
You can also search for specific terms with
cpran search split cpran search utils sound
All terms will be interpreted as regular expressions (so you might have to escape some special characters, or quote them). If you type in more than one term, you can refine the search.
Once you’ve found a plugin that you are interested in, you can get more
information with the
cpran show utils
This’ll show you much more deatailed information on the plugin, including its name, version, maintainer, any requirements it might have, and a longer description (if available).
If you like what you see, you can install it with
cpran install utils
When a plugin gets installed, it is automatically tested using Praat to make sure that it works as expected in your own setup.
If a new version of, say, “utils” is released, you can use
upgrade to bring
your local copy up to speed:
CPrAN will check all installed plugins for any that need upgrading, and ask
for you to confirm. If you’d like to upgrade a specific plugin, you can also
mention it specifically, like
cpran upgrade utils.
When you are finished with a plugin, you can uninstall it with
cpran remove utils