Software tutorial/Software installation

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Zero installation option (new in 2016)

If you'd like to use R on your tablet, mobile phone, or simply try it without installing anything, visit: http://yint.org/Rweb

This website contains the full version on R, and all the add-on packages you need for this course. You can even save your files and come back to them later on their website.

Install R on your own computer?

  • Official website: http://www.r-project.org/
  • These instructions were update last on 02 January 2016; the R version at that time was version 3.2.3.



R is a standalone package. However, to get the most benefit, you must install a good editor side-by-side with R. That means you have to install two software tools today.

  1. We will install the R software first
  2. Then we will install R studio as the editor

This video shows how to use RStudio: it looks the same on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Windows installation

As mentioned above, install 2 software packages:

  1. Base R package
  2. RStudio, an excellent editor for R

Mac installation

As mentioned above, install 2 software packages:

  1. Base R package
    • Visit the R-website: http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/
    • Download and install the PKG file linked at the top of the page.
    • Use all the default settings during the installation.
    • R.app will automatically be added to your Applications folder
  2. RStudio, an excellent editor for R

Linux installation

  1. Base R package
    • Visit the R-website: http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/
    • Choose your Linux distribution: Debian, Redhat, Suse or Ubuntu
    • Download and install the software in the regular way for your platform
  2. RStudio, an excellent editor for R
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