Frequently Asked Questions
RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R which works with the standard version of R available from CRAN. RStudio includes a wide range of productivity enhancing features and runs on all major platforms. RStudio can optionally also be run as server which enables you to provide a browser based interface to a version of R running on a remote system.
In order to run RStudio you need to have already installed R 2.11.1 or higher. You can download the most recent version of R for your environment from CRAN.
RStudio Desktop is an R IDE that works with the version of R you have installed on your local Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux workstation. RStudio Desktop is a standalone desktop application that in no way requires or connects to RStudio Server.
RStudio Server is a Linux server application that provides a web browser based interface to the version of R running on the server. For more on why you might want to deploy an RStudio Server see the server documentation.
Yes, we do plan to provide a hosted version of RStudio Server so that customers can use RStudio over the web without having to deploy their own servers. We haven't announced a specific timeframe for this service yet, however if you are interested in testing it when the beta version becomes available please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RStudio is available under the GNU Affero General Public License v3. The AGPL v3 is an open-source license that guarantees the freedom to share and change the software, and to make sure it remains free software for all its users.
Our support web site includes a knowledge base for common problems with RStudio's products. For R support, we recommend checking out our community forums at community.rstudio.com. Our team and others in the community actively participates there so it is a great place to go for help or answers.