The long-awaited new Ubuntu LTS Xenial Xerus was released last week. I wrote a tutorial on installing R and R-Studio on the old 14.04 LTS, so I figured I’d update that document. Not much has changed for the new 16.04 version but there are new repositories.
You can find R-Base in the Software Center; this would be the easy way to do it. However, the Software Center versions are often out of date, which can be a pain moving foward when your packages are based on the most current version of R Base. The easy fix is to download and install R Base directly from the Cran servers.
1. Add R repository
First, we’ve got to add a line to our /etc/apt/sources.list file. This can be accomplished with the following. Note the “xenial” in the line, indicating Ubuntu 16.04. If you have a different version, just change that.
sudo echo "deb http://cran.rstudio.com/bin/linux/ubuntu xenial/" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
2. Add R to Ubuntu Keyring
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key E084DAB9
gpg -a --export E084DAB9 | sudo apt-key add -
3. Install R-Base
Most Linux users should be familiar with the old…
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install r-base r-base-dev
RStudio is not currently in the Software Center, but it can easily be installed manually:
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core wget https://download1.rstudio.org/rstudio-1.0.44-amd64.deb sudo gdebi -n rstudio-1.0.44-amd64.deb rm rstudio-1.0.44-amd64.deb