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How to install R packages?

October 16, 2015

Before installing any R packages, be sure that you have already configured R for use with the DSS. DSS does not embed its own R environment. Instead, it relies on the host R's installation.


Assuming you have sufficient privileges to do so, there are several ways to install new R packages:


  • If you have an SSH access to the server hosting DSS:
    1. Open a new console
    2. Start R:
      mbp:~ thomas$ R
    3. Install your packages (for instance from CRAN):
      install.packages("ggplot2")
    4. Exit from R:
      q()

  • Using your favorite R client:
    1. Open your favorite R client, for instance RStudio
    2. You can either use:
      • A built-in package manager:
      • A R script:

  • Using a R Notebook
    1. Create a R Notebook on your DSS instance
    2. install.packages(
        'data.table',
        repos = 'http://your-favorite-cran-repo.org',
        lib = '/path/to/your/writable-directory-for/R-packages'
      )
    3. You can now use your package:
      library('data.table')