Question: How can I easily install R & RStudio on Ubuntu 19.04/18.04/16.04 / Debian / Linux Mint distribution?. R is a programming language commonly used for statistical computing and graphical representation of data. RStudio is a set of integrated tools designed to help R developers be more productive.
Rstudio is the chief integrated development environment for R with a variety of robust tools for plotting, viewing history, debugging and managing your workspace. You can choose the edition to run – open source or commercial.
Key Features of RStudio
- Runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS
- Syntax highlighting, code completion, and smart indentation
- Integrated support for Git and Subversion
- Execute R code directly from the source editor
- Quickly jump to function definitions
- Easily manage multiple working directories using projects
- Integrated R help and documentation
- Interactive debugger to diagnose and fix errors quickly
- Extensive package development tools
- Support for interactive graphics with Shiny and ggvis
- Supports authoring HTML, PDF, Word Documents, and slide shows
By choosing the commercial edition, you get additional features such as Access to priority email support and 8 hour response during business hours (ET). Learn more about RStudio editions and features.
Here in this article, we’ll dive to the installation of Open source edition of RStudio released under AGPL License.
Step 1: Update system
Like always, update system package index, and optionally upgrade all installed packages to latest.
sudo apt update
sudo apt -y upgrade
Step 2: Install R on Ubuntu / Debian
We need to install r-base package which contains the basic R functions that let you perform arithmetic operations and basic programming in R. Use the command below to install.
sudo apt -y install r-base
Step 3: Download and Install RStudio
Now visit the RStudio downloads page to grab the latest release of RStudio for Debian based Linux distributions.
As of this article update, the latest version is 1.2.1335.
# Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19 sudo apt -y install wget wget https://download1.rstudio.org/desktop/bionic/amd64/rstudio-1.2.1578-amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i rstudio-1.2.1578-amd64.deb # Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18 sudo apt -y install wget wget https://download1.rstudio.org/desktop/xenial/amd64/rstudio-1.2.1578-amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i rstudio-1.2.1578-amd64.deb # Debian 9+ wget https://download1.rstudio.org/desktop/debian9/x86_64/rstudio-1.2.1578-amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i studio-1.2.1578-amd64.deb
If you encounter any dependency problems, run:
sudo apt -f install
Expected installation output.
Step 4: Launch RStudio
Launch RStudio from Applications search section of your Desktop Environment or from the terminal.
For terminal, run:
Its UI looks like this.
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