Installing RStudio on Windows

RStudio is an open-source integrated development environment (IDE) for R. It also has commercial versions with expansive capabilities available (at a cost).  It runs on the desktop with multiple operating systems, or in a browser connected to a RStudio server.  RStudio includes a console, syntax-highlighting editor that supports direct code execution, as well as tools for plotting, history, debugging and workspace management. This post covers installing RStudio.  Note that R needs to be installed first – see this post for installing R.

To get started, go to

Under RStudio, click Download.

Choose the desired version of RStudio.  You will likely want the “RStudio Desktop (Open Source License)” version. On the same page, you will be able to read about the various options available – free and pay versions.

This will bring you down in the page to the installers.  Choose the installer that is appropriate for you.  In this example, we are installing on Windows, and so we chose the “RStudio 1.0.153 – Windows Vista/7/8/10” version.  Note: RStudio requires that R is installed.  If you have not already installed R, do so first (see this post for Installing R).

After the download is complete, run the exe by double-clicking on it.

Click Next at the Welcome screen.

Choose the install directory, click Next

Chooses a Start Menu Folder, click Install

Installing …

Complete the installation.

Run RStudio

RStudio IDE

You will notice that the left window “Console” is the same as the “R Console” window in the stand-alone R installation.  This is because RStudio is built on top of R.

Good luck on your R journey!


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