Install/upgrade software

In this workshop, we will use R and RStudio. RStudio is not required but recommended, because it makes it easier for an average user to work with R Markdown. If you do not have RStudio IDE installed, you will have to install Pandoc (, otherwise there is no need to install Pandoc separately because RStudio has bundled it.

Install R

  • A recent version of R (>= 3.5.1 “Feather Spray”) is recommended. You can check your version from the R Console:
## [1] "R version 3.5.1 (2018-07-02)"

Install RStudio

  • RStudio (>= 1.1.463) is recommended.

Upgrading your system

For more help installing or upgrading R and RStudio, please read through these links:

  1. Chapter 6 in Happy Git with R
  2. Maintaining R from What They Forgot to Teach You About R