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The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) provides tools to enable users of biodiversity information to find, access, combine and visualise data on Australian plants and animals; these have been made available from Here we provide a subset of the tools to be directly used within R.

ALA4R enables the R community to directly access data and resources hosted by the ALA.

NOTE: The next release of ALA4R will be version 2.0.0. This will be a major update to simplify the process of downloading data, make behaviour across functions consistent, and remove redundant functionality.
In the coming weeks, you will be able to test out the new functionality in the dev branch. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.

The use-examples presented at the 2014 ALA Science Symposium are available in the package vignette, via (in R): vignette("ALA4R"), or browse it online.

Citing ALA4R

To generate a citation for ALA4R run:

citation(package = "ALA4R")


Stable version from CRAN:


Or the development version from GitHub:


On Linux you will first need to ensure that libcurl and v8 (version <= 3.15) are installed on your system — e.g. on Ubuntu/Debian, open a terminal and do:

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev libv8-3.14-dev

or install via the Software Centre.


See the online documentation at including the package vignette.