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R Extension for Visual Studio Code


This VS Code extension provides support for the R programming language, including features such as extended syntax highlighting, R language service based on code analysis, interacting with R terminals, viewing data, plots, workspace variables, help pages, managing packages, and working with R Markdown documents.

Go to the wiki to view the documentation of the extension.

Getting started

  1. Install R (>= 3.4.0) on your system. For Windows users, Writing R Path to the registry is recommended in the installation.

  2. Install languageserver in R.

  3. Install the R extension for VS Code from the VS Code Extension Marketplace or the Open VSX Registry.

  4. Create an R file and start coding.

The following software or extensions are recommended to enhance the experience of using R in VS Code:

  • radian: A modern R console that corrects many limitations of the official R terminal and supports many features such as syntax highlighting and auto-completion.

  • VSCode-R-Debugger: A VS Code extension to support R debugging capabilities.

  • httpgd: An R package to provide a graphics device that asynchronously serves SVG graphics via HTTP and WebSockets.

Go to the installation wiki pages (Windows | macOS | Linux) for more detailed instructions.


Questions, issues, feature requests, and contributions

  • If you have a question about accomplishing something in general with the extension, please ask on Stack Overflow.

  • If you find a problem or have a feature request with the extension, please find out if there is a current issue you may upvote or otherwise file an issue.

  • Contributions are always welcome! Please see the contributing guide for more details.