Download and Install RStudio

Make R Easier and More Efficient with RStudio

After you’ve downloaded and installed R, you should download and install RStudio! Scroll down to find out how to download and install RStudio.

RStudio is a separate piece of software that works with R to make R much more user friendly and also adds some helpful features. What can RStudio do for you? First, RStudio gives R a point and click interface for a few of its features. Second, RStudio adds a number of features that make your R programming easier and more efficient.

RStudio Screenshot - Download and Install RStudio

Here are the benefits, right from RStudio’s website:

  • Syntax highlighting, code completion, and smart indentation
  • Execute R code directly from the source editor
  • Easily manage multiple working directories using projects
  • Quickly navigate code using typeahead search and go to definition

An IDE built for R

  • Workspace browser and data viewer
  • Plot history, zooming, and flexible image and PDF export
  • Integrated R help and documentation
  • Sweave authoring including one-click PDF preview
  • Searchable command history

Open and compatible

  • Works with any version of R (2.11.1 or greater)
  • Runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and even over the web using RStudio Server
  • Integrated with Git and Subversion for version control
  • Free and open source (AGPLv3 license

Step 1 to Download and Install RStudio:

First, go to and click Download now.

Download RStudio Now

Step 2 to Download and Install RStudio:

Next, click Download RStudio Desktop.

Download RStudio for Desktop

Step 3 to Download and Install RStudio:

Next, click the link to the version of RStudio appropriate for your system. The first link is to the version that RStudio recommends for you. Clicking this link downloads RStudio to your computer.

Download RStudio for Your System

Step 4 to Download and Install RStudio:

Next, find the file that was downloaded and double click it. It will be named something like RStudio-0.96.331.exe. This will start the install process.

RStudio Download File

Step 5 to Download and Install RStudio:

Only a few more steps! Click next to continue when the install wizard opens.

Welcome to the RStudio Setup Wizard

Step 6 to Download and Install RStudio:

Click next to accept the default install location.

RStudio Install Location

Step 7 to Download and Install RStudio:

Last step! Click Install to accept the default start menu folder and install RStudio! Click Finish to close the wizard.

Choose RStudio Start Menu Folder

What do you think of RStudio? Prefer RCommander or Tinn-R? Post in the comments and let us know!


To learn how to work with RStudio, try the exercises in this working with the RStudio tutorial.

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10 thoughts on “Download and Install RStudio

  1. Bella

    I downloaded it successfully but I cant open it even though installed it,I have followed the steps.
    Can you help me with that ?This is my first time to use R

      1. George

        Hi, Im using windows 7 professional, Ive already downladed the R version for RStudio 0.99.902 – Windows Vista/7/8/10 but it doesnt work, any suggestion?

  2. Elise

    Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together. R is my first foray into the computer programming world, so even simple stuff like downloading programs can be a challenge for me. Your instructions were really clear and easy to follow. I really appreciate your efforts!!!


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