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CPAN Statistics


CPAN Numbers


13206Total registered PAUSE accounts
7829Active Authors - have uploaded at least one distribution
5377Inactive Authors - have uploaded no distributions


49661Total Unique Distributions on CPAN & BACKPAN
12666Total Unique Distributions on CPAN
36995Total Unique Distributions deleted from CPAN (i.e. on BACKPAN ONLY)
381721Total Distribution Releases on CPAN & BACKPAN
54921Total Distribution Releases on CPAN
326800Total Distribution Releases deleted from CPAN (i.e. on BACKPAN ONLY)

Directory Sizes

128KCurrent size of CPAN
4.0KCurrent Size of BACKPAN

CPAN Milestones


50002002-09-20 13:08:01CWESTACME-Error-Coy-0.01
100002005-02-22 10:28:23RSAVAGEImage-Magick-Tiler-1.00
150002007-05-14 11:41:40DDUMONTConfig-Model-CursesUI-1.003
200002009-04-04 17:54:01PMAKHOLMWebService-Telnic-0.1
250002010-12-25 18:40:30IDOPERELMongoDBx-Class-0.1
300002012-09-26 03:42:15DOYOX-0.01
350002014-06-30 21:11:53HEYTRAVPlack-Middleware-Raygun-0.001
400002016-06-20 20:05:48BLUEFEETPerl-Critic-Policy-TryTiny-RequireUse-0.01
450002019-08-12 19:11:00GSGTest2-Plugin-TodoFailOnSuccess-0.0.1
500002024-05-19 00:05:21PERLANCARGraphics-ColorNamesCMYK-JohnDecemberCom-0.001
501042024-07-14 00:05:31PERLANCARSah-SchemaBundle-Country-0.010


100002000-11-13 17:15:41MTHURNWWW-Search-Magellan-2.07
200002002-07-22 09:32:45RIIKINet-Rsh-0.01
300002003-08-29 07:24:40SPOONWWW-Shorten-1.84
400002004-07-29 05:21:26RSAVAGEDBIx-Hash2Table-2.00
500002005-06-22 22:12:47MRKOFFEECatalyst-Plugin-CDBI-Transaction-0.01
600002006-04-05 20:21:12MIKEWONGXML-Dumper-0.81
700002007-01-28 20:47:28JVPalm-KeyRing-0.90
800002007-10-16 09:34:07OSALAUNAuthCAS-1.3.1
900002008-05-07 17:46:04DLANDPod-Html-1.09_03
1000002008-11-24 20:54:56NEVESENINJavaScript-Packer-0.0102
1100002009-05-29 11:03:59JETTEROStatistics-Basic-1.6500
1200002009-11-18 11:32:20TBRURI-tel-0.02
1300002010-05-01 21:24:55AVARDist-Zilla-PluginBundle-AVAR-0.17
1400002010-10-20 19:00:09ZEFRAMData-Pond-0.003
1500002011-03-28 07:47:44GAASEncode-Locale-1.02
1600002011-09-17 22:29:11MINIMALValidate-Tiny-0.08
1700002012-03-11 21:36:53CJMDateTimeX-Seinfeld-0.01
1800002012-08-22 16:30:51BOWTIEPadre-Plugin-SpellCheck-1.30
1900002013-01-31 17:01:22DAKKARPlack-Handler-Stomp-1.05
2000002013-06-19 14:08:23REEDFISHTerm-Menus-2.30
2100002013-11-10 18:01:06ALEXBIOFFI-Raw-0.18
2200002014-04-13 21:25:01JETEVELog-Log4perl-Appender-Chunk-0.003
2300002014-08-19 14:56:15KARMANSearch-OpenSearch-0.407
2400002014-12-31 17:39:40ZOFFIXWWW-Google-Time-1.001003
2500002015-05-20 16:39:05DDUMONTConfig-Model-Tester-2.051
2600002015-11-07 09:56:02OLEGHTTP-Cookies-PhantomJS-0.02
2700002016-04-25 14:09:40PINEScope-UndefSafe-0.01
2800002016-11-02 11:54:00COFFEETime-C-0.022
2900002017-05-22 06:01:03PERLANCARSah-Examples-0.05
3000002018-01-16 21:29:00MOBDevel-ModuleBreaker-0.01
3100002018-08-31 04:43:00MLAWRENOptArgs2-0.0.12_1
3200002019-05-06 22:54:39AKALINUXXML-Sig-OO-0.004
3300002020-02-16 03:28:29PERLANCARPackage-CopyFrom-0.003
3400002020-11-15 00:08:16RRAPGP-Sign-1.04
3500002021-08-28 19:23:58PRBRENANNasm-X86-20210830
3600002022-09-22 19:14:18PLICEASEAlien-Autotools-1.08
3700002023-10-18 08:32:53EINHVERFRPGObject-Type-JSON-2.1.0
3800002024-06-13 21:58:05SKIMRandom-Day-0.15
3817212024-07-14 05:05:54SULLRIO-Socket-SSL-2.088


10002001-05-11 14:26:59THAMUSWin32-MultiMedia-0.01
20002003-08-09 18:14:31WILLISIfLoop-0.02
30002005-12-08 08:19:50PEREZXML-RSS-FOXSports-0.02
40002008-04-19 17:03:33JLMARTINTest-SMTP-0.01
50002010-09-11 09:36:06IRONCAMELNet-Rackspace-Notes-0.0001
60002013-02-13 14:24:58WALLMARICatalyst-View-Markdown-0.01
70002016-05-16 23:42:55MONSIEURPGentoo-App-Pram-0.001000
78292024-07-02 21:17:42PURGESub-Curried-0.14-TRIAL

What Was the First?

Back in 1995 a few core Perl developers had started to write some code and wanted to release it to the world. There were a handful of repositiories, but Jarkko Hietaniemi had the idea to bring these together into a consistent set of distributions, perls and scripts across all repositories, providing a mirrored network of repositories. It took a while, but eventually it came together into what we now know as CPAN.

Speaking to Andreas König, it transpires that PAUSE started sometime between 15th and 20th August 1995. Andreas collected together 35 distributions from several different servers, and the Master PAUSE server was live. On 21st June 1995 Tim Bunce published The Perl 5 Module List, which details these early modules, although includes those that were included within Perl core as well as addition distributions.

As Andreas notes, "Unfortunately I have no archives that would fill the gap between perl 5alpha1 and the start of Pause. But there were these 35 modules and many more releases and there was no "first" that I could name. Perl 5alpha came with plenty of modules, they provided the critical mass to spur the community to add more and so they did -- instantly."

Having said that, if you wanted to hang your hat on a "first" release, according to the BACKPAN/CPAN timestamps, the first that is recorded within the current repositories is 'Symdump-1.20.tar.gz', released by one ANDK, on 16 Aug 1995 @ 9:12:18am.

For a more detailed history of Perl, please see the Perl Timeline

My thanks to Brian Cassidy for being the first to ask this, thus prompting me to write this addendum before anyone else thought to ask ;)