How to use AnthroPac

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Jan 2015 edit: I finish my thesis in May. Once I am done with that, I will expand this because it seems to be perennially popular and I feel bad seeing legions of people at colleges and universities looking here for help. If you have any comments or something that I should put at the top of the todo list for this, please email me at and I will try to make it a priority.

Aug 2015 edit: I am currently working on a replacement for AnthroPac called OpenAnthroStat. If you only want saliences from your data and have Python 2 installed, try using Version Brisbane instead of AnthroPac.

Required Programs


  1. Install DosBox via the installer
  2. Anthropac needs to be installed in a folder directly on a drive. This is to make working in a command line interface easier. (On my computer the C:\\ drive is my main hard drive and all of AnthroPac's files are in a folder named AT.)

Data preparation

  • See an example of how data should appear before starting any further steps.
  • Like many DOS programs, AnthroPac can only deal with inputs that are short. While I can not confirm this, try to keep each entry under 8-14 characters or a word or two max.
  • Remember to remove all tabs and spaces and replace them with underscores. Spaces and tabs cause errors and will prevent the program from being able to process the data.


  1. DosBox runs off of a virtual drive. The Z:\\ drive that the program opens up to is not connected to a folder. Using the MOUNT command create a new virtual drive that is a file on your hard drive. I use Y since most computers do not use it for another purpose. MOUNT Y C:\\/AT
  2. Make the second virtual drive the primary drive Y:\
  3. Open AnthroPac APX

AnthroPac setup

Image Copyrights

  • DOSBox the program as well as any screenshots with minimal additional creativity are released under the GPL.
  • AnthroPac is copyrighted 1992 by Analytic Technologies, so, screenshots are not released under any free license, sorry.