How to install, setup and get started with RStudio IDE on your Windows 10 device…

Use this simple step-by-step guide to get up and running with R Studio by installing it on your Windows 10 device

What exactly is RStudio IDE?

  • The RStudio IDE is a set of integrated tools designed to help you be more productive with R and Python.
  • RStudio includes a simple console, syntax-highlighting editor that supports direct code execution, and a variety of integrated tools for plotting, viewing history, debugging and managing your R programming workspace.
  • Note: IDE — An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development purposes.

Why should I even bother to learn it?

RStudio, being a fully fledged IDE, has things like auto fill, error checking, debugging, an interface for uploading text/excel files, and an ability to keep track of all your environment variables seamlessly and easily.

RStudio is more useful for writing production code than simply using R Programming, and in general it makes a lot of sense to use both.

What is the difference between R Programming and RStudio?

It is crucial to note the key differences between R and RStudio. R is a programming language used for statistical computing and analytical purposes, while RStudio uses the R language to develop statistical programs.

In R, you can write a program and run the code independently of any other computer program. RStudio however, must be used alongside R in order to properly function.

Often referred to as an IDE, or integrated development environment, RStudio allows users to develop and edit programs in R by supporting a large number of statistical packages, higher quality graphics, and the ability to manage your workspace.

R and RStudio are not separate versions of the same program, and cannot be substituted for one another.

Key Difference: R may be used without RStudio, but RStudio may not be used without R.

RStudio makes using R a lot nicer, and lets you use lots of packages very easily. (For example, you can use Knitr or Packrat with R by explicitly defining and calling their functions, but RStudio automates their access and usage seamlessly.)

Analogously, Eclipse is an IDE for the Java language.

Step-By-Step — lets get RStudio up and running ASAP…

The first step is you need to go to the following website and download the latest RStudio IDE:

For this tutorial, I am using the RStudio Desktop Open Source License version which is free. There are other Commercial license options available, but they do appear to be quite pricey…

Note: It is important that you have previously installed R prior to installing RStudio — check out the graphic below that states this requirement below:

The download was 156MB in total

The 156MB took approximately 5 minutes on my Internet NBN link, and once you double-click the installation file you will see the following setup dialog box:

Press Next on this screen
Press Next on this screen
Press Next on this screen
and the RStudio installation now commences…
The installation process took less than 5 minutes to complete

Now after pressing Finish, and knowing what I knew from installing R Programming previously, I explicitly invoked he RStudio program so as to get off and running…

This is the RStudio main display window, ready for end user input

Well there you go everyone, RStudio is now installed on my Windows 10 device, and I am now ready to use the IDE and get cracking programming in R.

In future posts, I will be showing and explaining how to write R programs that show its data analytics capabilities, the graphical IDE options it offers, and how these posts can help your career as a budding data scientist.

Thank you for reading this, and if you have any feedback for me please get in touch, and I will get back to you, Happy New Year, and happy coding in R.



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Paul Chambiras

Paul Chambiras


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