Skip to Main Content
This Is Auburn Auburn University Libraries LibGuides


What is R and how can I get it?

R is a free and open source programming language originally developed for statistical analysis. Its popularity has led to the growth of a worldwide community of users and multiple applications. R can run on Windows, MacOS, and Linux computers. Scholars in particular appreciate its contribution to reproducible research, but it is also employed by data scientists in the private sector.

Download R from its official repository, the Comprehensive R Archive (CRAN):

Most people find that an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) makes programming easier. RStudio is a free and open source IDE that speeds up the process of learning and using R.

Download RStudio from the official developer:

Why R?

Why R?

A Talk by Dr. Jordan Harshman, Auburn University Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry