Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What is RStudio?

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.

What versions of R is RStudio compatible with?

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.

What is the difference between RStudio Desktop and RStudio Server?

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.

Will RStudio be providing a hosted version of RStudio Server?

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

What license is RStudio available under?

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.

Where can I find the latest updates and news about RStudio?

To keep up with the latest RStudio developments you can subscribe to our blog or follow us on Twitter.

Where can I get support for using RStudio?

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 Our team and others in the community actively participates there so it is a great place to go for help or answers.