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HotCRP Conference Management Software

HotCRP is conference management software: it accepts paper submissions and manages the review process. Many conference management packages are available nowadays, including START/Softconf, Linklings, EasyChair, and Dirk Grunwald’s original CRP. (I haven’t used Conferencereview.com or Continue.) HotCRP is better than the original CRP. Relative to the others, as of early 2007 it is easier for PC members to navigate from paper to paper and to search for papers in HotCRP, but START’s single-page paper submission form is easier than HotCRP’s paper submission process (HotCRP includes an email validation step). If you don’t like HotCRP try START. Linklings is not in the same class.

HotCRP is open source and requires that you run your own server, although the initial setup process is quite easy and should take about 15 minutes on a modern Linux or BSD box. Software requirements: Apache, PHP version 5 or higher, and MySQL version 5 or higher, plus several PHP packages. The README for the latest release has more.

HotCRP was written for the HotNets V workshop in 2006, and used thereafter for USENIX 2007, SIGCOMM 2007, SOSP 2007, and SOSP 2009, among many others. It is based on Dirk Grunwald’s CRP but is mostly rewritten by now.

Source code (Github)

git clone https://github.com/kohler/hotcrp.git

Download hotcrp-2.61.tar.gz (released 14.Aug.2013, 580971 bytes)

Release News
Upgrading from an old version of HotCRP is easy. If you’re using git, just do git pull. If you originally installed from a tarball, then extract the new tarball over the old one. (Using GNU tar, try “cd HOTCRPDIR; tar --strip=1 -xf /tmp/hotcrp-VERSION.tar.gz”.)
+ Download old releasesDownload old releases
hotcrp-2.60.tar.gz 19.Jul.2013 582218 bytes
hotcrp-2.59.tar.gz 14.Jun.2013 575593 bytes
hotcrp-2.58.tar.gz 23.Mar.2013 574156 bytes
hotcrp-2.57.tar.gz 16.Mar.2013 573655 bytes
hotcrp-2.56.tar.gz 29.Jan.2013 572142 bytes
hotcrp-2.55.tar.gz 31.Dec.2012 548380 bytes
hotcrp-2.53.tar.gz 26.Dec.2012 546888 bytes
hotcrp-2.52.tar.gz 23.Jul.2012 536402 bytes
hotcrp-2.51.tar.gz 22.Jun.2012 541567 bytes
hotcrp-2.50.tar.gz 11.May.2012 541082 bytes
hotcrp-2.49.tar.gz 29.Mar.2012 528137 bytes
hotcrp-2.48.tar.gz 28.Mar.2012 526690 bytes
hotcrp-2.47.tar.gz 14.Dec.2011 522475 bytes
hotcrp-2.46.tar.gz 5.Aug.2011 515529 bytes
hotcrp-2.45.tar.gz 24.Apr.2011 510587 bytes
hotcrp-2.44.tar.gz 8.Feb.2011 496014 bytes
hotcrp-2.43.tar.gz 3.Jan.2011 493359 bytes
hotcrp-2.42.tar.gz 2.Jan.2011 493149 bytes
hotcrp-2.41.tar.gz 13.Dec.2010 492792 bytes
hotcrp-2.40.tar.gz 30.Jul.2010 481941 bytes
hotcrp-2.39.tar.gz 20.May.2010 479410 bytes
hotcrp-2.38.tar.gz 27.Jan.2010 477877 bytes
hotcrp-2.37.tar.gz 19.Dec.2009 474159 bytes
hotcrp-2.36.tar.gz 17.Dec.2009 471686 bytes
hotcrp-2.35.tar.gz 7.Oct.2009 456927 bytes
hotcrp-2.34.tar.gz 21.Mar.2009 446899 bytes
hotcrp-2.33.tar.gz 15.Feb.2009 443094 bytes
hotcrp-2.32.tar.gz 15.Feb.2009 443067 bytes
hotcrp-2.31.tar.gz 26.Jan.2009 442422 bytes
hotcrp-2.30.tar.gz 7.Jan.2009 438635 bytes
hotcrp-2.29.tar.gz 1.Jan.2009 438296 bytes
hotcrp-2.28.tar.gz 20.Dec.2008 438207 bytes
hotcrp-2.27.tar.gz 16.Dec.2008 437990 bytes
hotcrp-2.26.tar.gz 27.Oct.2008 421965 bytes
hotcrp-2.25.tar.gz 22.Sep.2008 416134 bytes
hotcrp-2.24.tar.gz 22.Aug.2008 408755 bytes
hotcrp-2.23.tar.gz 22.Jul.2008 365666 bytes
hotcrp-2.22.tar.gz 15.Jul.2008 365695 bytes
hotcrp-2.21.tar.gz 11.May.2008 362439 bytes
hotcrp-2.20.tar.gz 11.May.2008 362933 bytes
hotcrp-2.19.tar.gz 6.May.2008 362395 bytes
hotcrp-2.18.tar.gz 5.May.2008 361569 bytes
hotcrp-2.17.tar.gz 23.Apr.2008 355392 bytes
hotcrp-2.16.tar.gz 21.Apr.2008 351750 bytes
hotcrp-2.15.tar.gz 9.Apr.2008 348128 bytes
hotcrp-2.14.tar.gz 12.Mar.2008 345382 bytes
hotcrp-2.13.tar.gz 22.Jan.2008 328407 bytes
hotcrp-2.12.tar.gz 30.Dec.2007 300022 bytes
hotcrp-2.11.tar.gz 27.Oct.2007 296059 bytes
hotcrp-2.10.tar.gz 24.Oct.2007 285747 bytes
hotcrp-2.9.tar.gz 20.Oct.2007 284897 bytes
hotcrp-2.8.tar.gz 11.Oct.2007 283024 bytes
hotcrp-2.7.tar.gz 23.Aug.2007 281563 bytes
hotcrp-2.6.tar.gz 20.Aug.2007 277113 bytes
hotcrp-2.5.tar.gz 12.Aug.2007 279000 bytes
hotcrp-2.4.tar.gz 12.Aug.2007 275233 bytes
hotcrp-2.3.tar.gz 16.Jul.2007 273569 bytes
hotcrp-2.2.tar.gz 11.Jul.2007 271822 bytes
hotcrp-2.1.tar.gz 10.Jul.2007 270920 bytes
hotcrp-2.0.tar.gz 9.Jul.2007 270799 bytes
If you plan to use HotCRP, “watch” the project on Github. Commit notifications will inform you of bug fixes and other updates. HotCRP sites also check in with an update server we run, so conference administrators should see messages about important upgrades.

FreeBSD port

Test site (Warning: This may be out of date, broken by other Interweb users, or corrupted by spam. Log in with “email” chair, pc, and/or author1, and password the same as the username.)

HotCRP Features

Pronunciation note. Greg Minshall pronounces CRP as “crap”, so I suppose you could pronounce HotCRP as “hotcrap”.

Feel free to send me patches, bugs and feature requests. — Eddie Kohler