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.
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 http://www.rstudio.com/ and click Download now.
Step 2 to Download and Install RStudio:
Next, click Download RStudio 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.
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.
Step 5 to Download and Install RStudio:
Only a few more steps! Click next to continue when the install wizard opens.
Step 6 to Download and Install RStudio:
Click next to accept the default 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.
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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