Installing R using Cygwin

Submitted by Dickens A S on Wed, 11/27/2019 - 14:37

R is amazing platform which many numerical methods and analysis options available

This article explains how to use R in Windows using Cygwin

Reason for Cygwin, it has X11 and Cygwin-X with amazing setup selection tools and many libraries

Below are the installation steps

Step 1: Download and install Cygwin and dependencies

64 Bit Windows: 32 Bit Windows:

Double click the setup will launch  Press Next in all the windows  For Download Site choose

Pressing next will show software selection window as shown below

Cygwin list of software

Step 2: Install R Choose Category View Expand Math as shown below

Cygwin Math

Scroll down and choose R 3.6.0-1 as show below

R pack

Then press next and next - R will be installed

Step 3: Check R  open cygwin terminal and type below command

R --version

You should get below output or similar output

R version 3.6.0 (2019-04-26) -- "Planting of a Tree"
Copyright (C) 2019 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-pc-cygwin (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under the terms of the
GNU General Public License versions 2 or 3.
For more information about these matters see

Step 4: Hello World R

create a file with below code and save with "R" extension, "test.R"

myString <- "Hello, World!"

print ( myString)

then issue below command

Rscript test.R

you will get the below output

[1] "Hello, World!"

Thats all, your R is ready for development!!


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