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 However, the Software Center versions are often out of date, which can be a pain moving foward when your packages are based on the most current version of R Base.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 E298A3A825C0D65DFD57CBB651716619E084DAB9
gpg -a --export E298A3A825C0D65DFD57CBB651716619E084DAB9 | 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
From here you can download your files and install the IDE through Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager, or since you’ve already got the terminal open, you could just:
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core wget https://download1.rstudio.org/rstudio-0.99.896-amd64.deb sudo gdebi -n rstudio-0.99.896-amd64.deb rm rstudio-0.99.896-amd64.deb
R-bloggers’ editors note: an earlier version of this article mentioned the use of E298A3A825C0D65DFD57CBB651716619E084DAB9. That key is vulnerable to a now known bug due to its short size. Googling it will reveal that the longer key is that one that should be used. See here.