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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 info@rstudio.com.

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 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.

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