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Under Development Early Build

A tool for the analysis and discovery of complexity in social, biological and other forms of systems.

Installation Requirements and Steps


  1. Base R, the open source statistical package Get R here!
  2. R Studio, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for R Get it here!
  3. Complex-It app. Click the Download or Clone button above and select Download as ZIP
  4. Install R Packages:
    • shiny
    • shinythemes
    • cluster
    • SOMbrero
    • FactoMineR
    • plot3D
    • shinyFiles
    • plotrix
    • rhandsontable
    • ggplot2

Detailed Installation Steps

Install R

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the link for version that matches your operating system.
    • For Windows click on the link for 'base.'
    • For Mac click on the first '.pkg' link.
  3. Open the exe (Windows) or pkg (Mac) R installer and follow the defaults in the installation wizard.

Install RStudio

  1. Go to
  2. Underneath the column for RStudio click the Download link.
  3. On the following page scroll down to Installers for Support Platforms and click on the link for your platform.
  4. Open the exe (Windows) or dmg (Mac) RStudio installer and follow the defaults in theinstallation wizard.

Install Complex-It

  1. On the same page as these directions in the upper part of the website click on the Clone or Download button and then Download ZIP
  2. Navigate to your download directory and copy the file to your desktop.
  3. On Windows right click or on Macs command + click on the ZIP file and extract it to the desktop.
  4. Enter the Complex-It-master folder and open the Package_setup.R file. This should open in RStudio.
  5. Highlight all the text in the upper left box (look for green instructions and black command-text) and press Run from the upper right corner of the window. This may take a minute or two to complete. Wait until RStudio indicates it is done.
  6. Return to the Complex-It-master folder and open the UI.R file. This should open in RStudio. In the upper left panel, on the right side there will again be a Run button, but it will now say Run App. Click on the far right of this button and a menu will appear. Ensure that External is selected from this menu. Then press Run App Welcome to Complex-It!