The CPAN testers was conceived back in May 1998 by Graham Barr and Chris Nandor as a way to provide multi-platform testing for modules.As of February 2012 there are over 20 million tester reports, with more than 100 testers giving valuable feedback for users and authors alike every month.

The New Team

The people promoting CPAN Testers has changed over the years, as interest in the project fluctuates. However, right now we have a very dedicated team working behind the scenes to ensure that we are continually refining and improving the process of testing and reporting, and providing the authors with the right feedback to help improve their code.

Specific mentions should go to the following people, who although act as primary contacts for specific parts of the toolchain mentioned, all have helped to maintain CPAN Testers eco-system.

  • Andreas König - CPAN.pm
  • Chris 'BinGOs' Williams - CPANPLUS-Reporter / CPANPLUS
  • David Cantrell - CPAN Dependencies
  • David Golden - CPAN-Reporter / Metabase
  • Doug Bell - DNS, Servers, Databases & Websites
  • Slaven Rezić - CPAN Testers Matrix

Notable Mentions

The following people have also helped in developing and maintaining the CPAN Testers eco-system over the years, but have since passed on the responsibilities to the folks above.

  • Ask Bjørn Hansen
  • Barbie
  • Jos Boumans
  • Leon Brocard
  • Ricardo Signes
  • Robert Spier


If you have any issues with any part of the process, please use the resouces we have available to help improve the feedback and use of CPAN Testers to you. Specifically if you are an author or a tester, please see the CPAN Testers Wiki, to see if there is anything appropriate there, or join the 'CPAN Testers Discuss' mailing list and ask your question there. There are a number of testers and developers on the mailing list who are on hand to help out wherever possible.