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Install R Runtime

Jakob Jenkov
Last update: 2015-11-12

Installing the R runtime is reasonably easy. Go to the official R project website here:


Then find the "download" link. There should be a link towards the top of the page.

You will then be asked to "select a mirror". A mirror is a website that contains copies ("mirrors") of files. The listed mirror sites all contains copies of the R runtime installation files. By choosing a mirror closer to you geographically, your R download will proceed faster.

When you have chosen a mirror (clicked on a mirror link), the mirror site will ask you if you want to download R for Linux, Mac or Windows. Choose the installation that matches the operating system your computer runs.

When you have downloaded the R runtime just install it like any other application.

After installation you whould be able to run R from the command prompt of your computer. If you are working with a graphical user interface, you might prefer installing R Studio and work with R within that. I prefer that whenever possible.

Jakob Jenkov

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