ELAN is a program for transcribing and annotating audio and video files, offered by The Language Archive. It can also be used for searching locally stored collections of annotated material.

With ELAN, a user can add an unlimited number of textual annotations to audio and/or video recordings. An annotation can be a sentence, word or gloss, a comment, translation or a description of any feature observed in the media. Annotations can be created on multiple layers, called tiers. Tiers can be hierarchically interconnected. An annotation can either be time-aligned to the media or it can refer to other existing annotations. The content of annotations consists of Unicode text and annotation documents are stored in an XML format (EAF).

The program is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and source code is open for developers. Installation instructions and further details about the software can be found on the project website.

Metadata, license and citation instructions

User guidelines in Finnish

User guidelines in English

Install the tool


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