Easily Play Notification Sounds on any Platform

The main function of this package is beep(), with the purpose to make it easy to play notification sounds on whatever platform you are on. It is intended to be useful, for example, if you are running a long analysis in the background and want to know when it is ready.

beepr is an R package that contains one main function, beep(), with one purpose: To make it easy to play notification sounds on whatever platform you are on. It is intended to be useful, for example, if you are running a long analysis in the background and want to know when it is ready.

A derivative function, beep_on_error(), wraps an expression and will only beep if an error occurs when that expression is evaluated.

This package was previously called pingr and included a ping() function. It has been renamed in order to not be confused with the Unix tool ping. For the rationale behind beepr see the original announcement: http://sumsar.net/blog/2014/01/announcing-pingr/


beepr is available on CRAN and can be installed from within R by running:


You can also grab the development version of beepr directly from github:



If you are using Windows or OS X beepr relies on the audio package for sound playback and no external program is needed.

If you're on Linux beepr relies on you having either the paplay utility from the Pulse Audio system, the aplay utility from the ALSA system or VLC media player installed and on the PATH. Chances are that you alread have one of these. If you are on Debian/Ubuntu you can otherwise get VLC by running the following in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install vlc


beep() plays a short sound which is useful if you want to get notified, for example, when a script has finished. As an added bonus there are a number of different sounds to choose from.

beep(sound = 1, expr = NULL)


sound character string or number specifying what sound to be played by either specifying one of the built in sounds or specifying the path to a wav file. The default is 1. Possible sounds are:

  1. "ping"
  2. "coin"
  3. "fanfare"
  4. "complete"
  5. "treasure"
  6. "ready"
  7. "shotgun"
  8. "mario"
  9. "wilhelm"
  10. "facebook"
  11. "sword"

If sound does not match any of the sounds above, or is a valid path, a random sound will be played.

expr An optional expression to be executed before the sound.


# Update all packages and "ping" when it's ready
update.packages(ask=FALSE); beep()

#Play a fanfare instead of a "ping".

# Play a random sound

# Play a sound if an error occurs
beep_on_error(1 + "a", sound = "wilhelm")


beepr 1.3

  • Fixed a bug that made it impossible to play files with spaces on Linux.
  • Added a new function beep_on_error that only beeps if an expression results in an error. (Courtesy of @dobbleobble).

beepr 1.2

  • Removed the previously deprecated ping function.
  • Fixed incompatibility with stringr 1.0.0
  • Added support for playing urls like beep("http://www.kessels.com/catsounds/cat1.wav"). Currently "beep" can only handle http urls, https is not supported.
  • Added "sword" sound inspired by the presentation by Yihui Xie at UseR! 2014 (https://github.com/yihui/knitr-talks/tree/master/useR2014)

beepr 1.1

  • beep() throws a warning instead of an error if no working audio interface is found. The rationale for this is that it would be worse if a long analysis was aborted due to the notification system failing rather than to not throw a proper error.
  • Changed the name of the package from pingr to beepr.
  • Renamed ping() to beep().

pingr 1.0

  • Added the possibility to use paplay to play audio on Linux.
  • Changed the priority for which audio program is used first on Linux. paplay and aplay is now tried first and VLC is used as the last resort.
  • It is now possible to play any wav-file using ping("my_wav_fil.wav")

pingr 0.1

  • Intial release.

Reference manual

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1.3 by Rasmus Bååth, 3 years ago

Browse source code at https://github.com/cran/beepr

Authors: Rasmus Bååth [aut, cre] , Amanda Dobbyn [ctb]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

GPL-3 license

Imports stringr, audio

Imported by DCPO, LDAShiny, LilRhino, MixedPsy, codebreaker, dadjokeapi, gbm.auto, kittyR, pixelpuzzle, upstartr.

Suggested by casino, catchr, paramtest, progressr, radsafer.

See at CRAN