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Camtraptor is an R package to read, explore and visualize Camera Trap Data Packages (Camtrap DP). Camtrap DP is a community developed data exchange format for this type of data. With camtraptor you can read and filter data, create overviews of observed species, relative abundance or effort, and plot these data on a map.

Camtrap DP

Camtraptor currently uses the legacy Camtrap DP 0.1.6 for its internal data model. read_camtrap_dp() will automatically down-convert Camtrap DP 1.0 datasets to that legacy model to avoid introducing breaking changes. The downside is that some newer properties like deployments.cameraDepth, media.filePublic and observations.eventEnd are removed when reading data.

The upcoming camtraptor v1.0 will update the internal data model to Camtrap DP 1.0 and drop support for Camtrap DP 0.1.6. This is a breaking change that will be accompanied by a number of other major changes. Future versions of camtraptor will always use the latest version of Camtrap DP and up-convert legacy datasets to that model.

Get Started

To get started, see:


You can install the development version of camtraptor from GitHub with:

# install.packages("devtools")

While we support older versions of R up to 3.5, we recommend using R 4.0.0 or higher.


Get the taxonomic coverage for an example Camera Trap Data Package mica:

#> # A tibble: 9 × 5
#>   taxonID taxonIDReference  scientificName vernacularNames.en
#>   <chr>   <chr>             <chr>          <chr>              <chr>             
#> 1 DGP6    https://www.cata… Anas platyrhy… mallard            wilde eend        
#> 2 DGPL    https://www.cata… Anas strepera  gadwall            krakeend          
#> 3 32FH    https://www.cata… Ardea          great herons       reigers           
#> 4 GCHS    https://www.cata… Ardea cinerea  grey heron         blauwe reiger     
#> 5 RQPW    https://www.cata… Castor fiber   Eurasian beaver    bever             
#> 6 6MB3T   https://www.cata… Homo sapiens   human              mens              
#> 7 3Y9VW   https://www.cata… Martes foina   beech marten       steenmarter       
#> 8 44QYC   https://www.cata… Mustela putor… European polecat   bunzing           
#> 9 5BSG3   https://www.cata… Vulpes vulpes  red fox            vos

Filter observations in mica on female mallards and map the number of individuals per deployment location:

  feature = "n_individuals",
  species = "Anas platyrhynchos",
  sex = "female"
#> There are 4 deployments without observations: 29b7d356-4bb4-4ec4-b792-2af5cc32efa8, 577b543a-2cf1-4b23-b6d2-cda7e2eac372, 62c200a9-0e03-4495-bcd8-032944f6f5a1 and 7ca633fa-64f8-4cfc-a628-6b0c419056d7

camtraptor vs camtrapR and activity

Camtraptor provides and bundles much needed functionality to read, explore and visualize Camera Trap Data Packages. Over time we hope to include some or all of this functionality in widely used R packages such as camtrapR and activity.


  • We welcome contributions including bug reports.
  • License: MIT
  • Get citation information for camtraptor in R doing citation("camtraptor").
  • Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.