Last Updated on July 17, 2023
RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R. RStudio combines an intuitive user interface with powerful coding tools to help you get the most out of R. It
includes a console, syntax-highlighting editor that supports direct code execution, as well as tools for plotting, history, and workspace management.
RStudio includes a wide range of productivity enhancing features and runs on all major platforms. RStudio can optionally also be run as server which enables you to provide a browser based interface to a version of R running on a remote system.
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- Customizable workbench with all of the tools required to work with R in one place (console, source, plots, workspace, help, history, etc).
- Syntax highlighting editor with code completion.
- Execute code directly from the source editor (line, selection, or file).
- Full support for authoring Sweave and TeX documents.
- Searchable history.
- Retrieve previous commands.
- Keyboard shortcuts.
- Easy installation of new packages
- Runs on all major platforms and can also be run as a server, enabling multiple users to access the RStudio IDE using a web browser
- Integrated help functionality.
- RStudio works with the manipulate package to add interactive capabilities to standard R plots.
R Notebook features:
- R Markdown document with chunks that can be executed independently and interactively, with output visible immediately beneath the input. R Notebooks are a method of literate programming that allows for direct interaction with R while producing a reproducible document with publication-quality output.
- Inline output (notebook mode) on all R Markdown documents.
- Plain-text files and therefore work well with version control.
- Keyboard shortcuts.
- rmarkdown package provides several functions that can be used to read and write R Notebooks outside of RStudio.
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