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Information, materials, and schedules for all currently offered library workshops

Instructions on How to Install R and RStudio

To take our R workshops you need to install both R and RStudio. R is software that interprets text files written in the R programming language, and RStudio is a development environment/graphical user interface that makes programming in R easier. This guide shows you how to install R and RStudio, step-by-step. It has been adapted from video instructions on how to download R on R for the Rest of Us. If you prefer a platform-specific video tutorial on how to install R and R Studio, click here to see the installation on Windows, Mac, and Linux recorded in 2021 by Danielle Navarro. See more video tutorials by Software Carpentry regarding installation here for Windows and Mac.

How to Install R

Step 1: Go to where you should see the page below.

Step 2: Now, select the operating system for which you want to download R.

Step 3 - macOS: For macOS, select the version that you have, either an Apple silicon (M1/M2) Mac, or an Intel Mac. If you're unsure which Mac you have, choose Intel.

Step 3a - Windows: For Windows, select "base".

Step 3b Windows: Then select "Download R" in the gray box, as that will be the most recent version.

Step 4: Next, go to your downloads. You should find R-(your version).exe as your most recent download. Double-click on it to start the installation process.


How to Install RStudio

Step 1: Go to RStudio Desktop - Posit. You should see the page below.

Step 2: Scroll down until you see the items under number 2. If you are on a Mac, the download button will say "Download RStudio Desktop for MacOS." If you are on a Windows machine, it will say "Download RStudio Desktop for Windows." Either way, click the button to begin downloading RStudio.

Step 3: Now find the file in your downloads folder and double-click to start the installation process. For a Windows machine, just click through and accept the recommended steps.

Step 3a: On a Mac, be sure to follow the final step and move RStudio from Downloads into your Applications folder.