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Install R

Install and update R software on Linux

To get the most recent version of R, add the a CRAN repository to the list of APT sources.

a) Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository "deb trusty/"
sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys E084DAB9

b) Debian
sudo add-apt-repository "deb jessie-cran3/"
gpg --keyserver --recv-key 381BA480
gpg -a --export 381BA480 | apt-key add -

Install R

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install r-base

Upgrade R to a newer R version
sudo apt-get upgrade r-base

Start R by tying "R"    Exit R by typing "q()"
$ R
R version 3.2.3 (2015-12-10) -- "Wooden Christmas-Tree"
Copyright (C) 2015 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)
> 3*4 # simple calculation
[1] 12
q()   # exit (quit) R
Save workspace image? [y/n/c]: n

See also
 sessionInfo()    to get current R version

Install RStudio

comfortable R editor and programming tool

# Download and install RStudio on Ubuntu Linux
sudo dpkg -i rstudio-0.99.903-amd64.deb
Error: Package libjpeg62 is not installed ?

Start RSudio by typing "rstudio" in the command line.


download "base" version
# for updating an older R version, uninstall the old version first before installing the latest version