CRAN Release Checklist

When deploying updates to CRAN, here a few updates that you need to check off before doing so:

  • Update version number in DESCRIPTION in format major.minor.patch (e.g. 1.2.1)
  • Update package documentation with devtools::document()
  • Run devtools::check():
    • If any problems come up that have not previously been documented in and cannot be fixed, fix them. There should be no ERRORs or WARNINGs before submitting to CRAN.
    • Look through past CRAN submissions to make sure you haven’t reintroduced a bug/note that has been addressed in a previous version
  • If you have made any changes to README.Rmd, re-knit to
  • Update pkgdown site with pkgdown::build_site()
  • Update with version updates
  • Update in format
  • After the branch is merged, create a GitHub release
  • After the branch is merged, submit to CRAN with previously written comments!