How To Install R on CentOS 8

Install R on CentOS 8

In this tutorial we will show you how to install R on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, R is a popular open source programming language, often use for graphical and statistical computing. It is supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing and mainly used by statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and performing data analysis.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation R on a CentOS 8 server.

Install R on CentOS 8

Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled PowerTools
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing R on CentOS 8.

Now we can install R using following command:

sudo dnf install R

Verify the installation, run the following command which will print the R version:

$ R --version

R version 3.6.3 (2020-03-14) -- "Dark and Stormy Night"
Copyright (C) 2019 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu (64-bit)

Step 3. Installing R packages from CRAN.

First, start by opening the R console as root:

sudo -i R

Example install the stringr package:


The installation will take some time and once completed, load the library by typing:


You can find more R packages at the CRAN Packages page, and install them with install.packages().

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed R. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing R open-source programming language in CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official R website.

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