How To Install R on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install R on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install R on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, R is an open-source programming language and free environment that specializes in statistical computing and graphical representation. It is 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 of R open source programming language on an Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa server.

Install R on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install dirmngr gnupg apt-transport-https ca-certificates software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing R on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now that, add the CRAN repository to your system sources’ list:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys E298A3A825C0D65DFD57CBB651716619E084DAB9
sudo add-apt-repository 'deb focal-cran40/'

Then, run the following command below to install R programming language:

sudo apt install r-base

To verify that the installation was successful run the following command which will print the R version:

$ R --version

R version 4.0.1 (2020-06-16) -- "See Things Now"
Copyright (C) 2020 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)

Congratulations! You have successfully installed R. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing R open source programming language on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official R website.

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