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A open-source (GPL-3) R package to facilitate writing books and long-form articles/reports with R Markdown. Features include:

  • Generate printer-ready books and ebooks from R Markdown documents
  • A markup language easier to learn than LaTeX, and to write elements such as section headers, lists, quotes, figures, tables, and citations
  • Multiple choices of output formats: PDF, LaTeX, HTML, EPUB, and Word.
  • Possibility of including dynamic graphics and interactive applications (HTML widgets and Shiny apps)
  • Support for languages other than R, including C/C++, Python, and SQL, etc.
  • LaTeX equations, theorems, and proofs work for all output formats
  • Can be published to GitHub,, and any web servers
  • Integrated with the RStudio IDE
  • One-click publishing to


bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown


You can install the package from CRAN as follows:


If you want to use the development version of the bookdown package, you can install the package from GitHub via the pak package:

# install.packages("pak")


The easiest way to start a new Bookdown project is from within RStudio IDE. Go to File > New Project > New Directory > Book project using bookdown.

This will create a new directory with an example book as template. You can build the HTML version of this example book without doing any modification:

  • Go into the Build Pane in the RStudio IDE
  • Click on Build Book > bookdown::gitbook

You can also run bookdown::render_book() in the R console.

Learn more about using bookdown in the Getting started section.

Getting help

There are two main places to get help:

  1. The RStudio community is a friendly place to ask any questions about bookdown. Be sure to use the bookdown tag.

  2. Stack Overflow is a great source of answers to common bookdown questions. Use the tags [r][bookdown] if you ask a question.

Code of Conduct

Please note that the bookdown project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.