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gtsummary: Beautiful, customizable, publication-ready model summaries in R.

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The gtsummary package for R produces beautiful, customizable, publication-ready tables to summarize statistical models. Results from several models are presented side-by-side, with uncertainty estimates in parentheses (or brackets) underneath coefficient estimates. Tables can be saved to HTML, LaTeX and RTF (MS Word-ready) formats, or they can be fed to a dynamic report pipeline like knitr or Sweave.

Table of contents

Sales pitch

Here are a few benefits of gtsummary over some alternative packages:

  • Customizability
    • Tables are endlessly customizable, thanks to the power of the gt package. In this README, you will find tables with colored cells, weird text, spanning column labels, row groups, titles and subtitles, global footnotes, cell-specific footnotes, significance stars, etc. This only scratches the surface of possibilities. For more, see and the Power Users section of this README.
  • Flexibility
    • Tables can be saved to html, rtf, and LaTeX files. (Coming soon: PDF, TXT/ASCII, and more.)
  • Integration
    • gtsummary is extremely well integrated with RStudio. When you type gtsummary(models), the summary table immediately appears in the Viewer window.
  • Transparency, replicability, and automation
    • By combining knitr and gtsummary, you can easily produce beautiful, replicable, and automated documents and reports. Click here for details.
  • Community
    • gtsummary does not try to do everything. It leverages the incredible work of the R community by building on top of the popular broom package. Thanks to the broom team, gtsummary already supports dozens of model types out of the box. Most importantly, as broom and gt improve, gtsummary also improves.
  • Reliability
    • gtsummary is developed using a suite of unit tests. It (probably) won't break.
  • Simplicity
    • By using the broom and gt packages for key operations, gtsummary has a massively simplified codebase. This should improve long term code maintainability, and allow contributors to participate through GitHub.


At the gtsummary factory, we are serious about customizability. Are your bored of regression tables with good ol' "Intercept"? If so, we have a solution for you:


The gt and gtsummary packages are not available on CRAN yet. You can install them from github:


Make sure you also install tidyverse, as gtsummary depends on a lot of its packages (e.g., stringr, dplyr, tidyr, purrr):


A simple example

Load packages and download some data from the RDatasets repository. Then, estimate 5 different models and store them in a named list. The name of each model in that list will be used as a column label:


url <- ''
dat <- read.csv(url) 
dat$Clergy <- ifelse(dat$Clergy > 40, 1, 0) # binary variable for logit model

models <- list()
models[['OLS 1']] <- lm(Literacy ~ Crime_prop + Infants, dat)
models[['NBin 1']] <- glm.nb(Literacy ~ Crime_prop + Donations, dat)
models[['OLS 2']] <- lm(Desertion ~ Crime_prop + Infants, dat)
models[['NBin 2']] <- glm.nb(Desertion ~ Crime_prop + Donations, dat)
models[['Logit 1']] <- glm(Clergy ~ Crime_prop + Infants, dat, family = binomial())

Produce a simple table:


Of course, gtsummary can also summarize single models:

mod <- lm(Clergy ~ Crime_prop, data = dat)

Customizing your tables

Uncertainty estimates: SE, t, p, CI

gtsummary prints an uncertainty estimate in parentheses below the corresponding coefficient estimate. The statistic argument must be a string which is equal to or to one of the columns produced by the broom::tidy function. When using, users can specify a confidence level with the conf_level argument.

gtsummary(models, statistic = 'std.error')
gtsummary(models, statistic = 'p.value')
gtsummary(models, statistic = 'statistic')
gtsummary(models, statistic = '', conf_level = .99)

You can override the uncertainty estimates in a number of ways. First, you can specify a function that produces variance-covariance matrices:

gtsummary(models, statistic_override = vcovHC, statistic = 'p.value')

You can supply a list of functions of the same length as your model list:

          statistic_override = list(vcov, vcovHC, vcovHAC, vcovHC, vcov))

You can supply a list of named variance-covariance matrices:

vcov_matrices <- lapply(models, vcovHC)
gtsummary(models, statistic_override = vcov_matrices)

You can supply a list of named vectors:

custom_stats <- list(`OLS 1` = c(`(Intercept)` = 2, Crime_prop = 3, Infants = 4), 
                     `NBin 1` = c(`(Intercept)` = 3, Crime_prop = -5, Donations = 3),
                     `OLS 2` = c(`(Intercept)` = 7, Crime_prop = -6, Infants = 9), 
                     `NBin 2` = c(`(Intercept)` = 4, Crime_prop = -7, Donations = -9),
                     `Logit 1` = c(`(Intercept)` = 1, Crime_prop = -5, Infants = -2))
gtsummary(models, statistic_override = custom_stats)

Titles and subtitles

You can add titles and subtitles to your table as follows:

          title = 'This is a title for my table.',
          subtitle = 'And this is the subtitle.')


Add notes to the bottom of your table:

          notes = list('Text of the first note.', 
                       'Text of the second note.'))

Add numbered footnotes to a column, a row, or a cell:

gtsummary(models) %>% 
        footnote = md("This is a **very** important model, so we are pointing it out in a column-specific footnote."),                        
        locations = cells_column_labels(columns = vars(`OLS 1`))) %>%  
        footnote = "This is the variable of interest.",                                                                                           
        locations = cells_stub(rows = vars(Infants))) %>%                                                                                                                                      
        footnote = "Most important model + most important variable = most important estimate.",
        locations = cells_data(columns = vars(`OLS 1`), rows = vars(Infants)))

Rename, reorder, and subset

Coefficient estimates

The coef_map argument is a named vector which allows users to rename, reorder, and subset coefficient estimates. Values of this vector correspond to the "clean" variable name. Names of this vector correspond to the "raw" variable name. The table will be sorted in the order in which terms are presented in coef_map. Coefficients which are not included in coef_map will be excluded from the table.

cm <- c('Crime_prop' = 'Crime / Population',
        'Donations' = 'Donations',
        '(Intercept)' = 'Constant')
gtsummary(models, coef_map = cm)

An alternative mechanism to subset coefficients is to use the coef_omit argument. This string is a regular expression which will be fed to stringr::str_detect to detect the variable names which should be excluded from the table.

gtsummary(models, coef_omit = 'Intercept|Donation')

Goodness-of-fit and other statistics

gof_omit is a regular expression which will be fed to stringr::str_detect to detect the names of the statistics which should be excluded from the table.

gtsummary(models, gof_omit = 'DF|Deviance')

A more powerful mechanism is to supply a data.frame (or tibble) through the gof_map argument. This data.frame must include 4 columns:

  1. raw: a string with the name of a column produced by broom::glance(model).
  2. clean: a string with the "clean" name of the statistic you want to appear in your final table.
  3. fmt: a string which will be used to round/format the string in question (e.g., "%.3f"). This follows the same standards as the fmt argument in ?gtsummary.
  4. omit: TRUE if you want the statistic to be omitted from your final table.

You can see an example of a valid data frame by typing gtsummary::gof_map. This is the default data.frame that gtsummary uses to subset and reorder goodness-of-fit statistics. As you can see, omit == TRUE for quite a number of statistics. You can include setting omit == FALSE:

gm <- gtsummary::gof_map
gm$omit <- FALSE
gtsummary(models, gof_map = gm)

The goodness-of-fit statistics will be printed in the table in the same order as in the gof_map data.frame.

Notice the subtle difference between coef_map and gof_map. coef_map works as a "white list": any coefficient not explicitly entered will be omitted from the table. gof_map works as a "black list": statistics need to be explicitly marked for omission.

Column groups (spanning labels)

Create spanning labels to group models (columns):

gtsummary(models) %>%
       gt::tab_spanner(label = 'Literacy', columns = c('OLS 1', 'NBin 1')) %>%
       gt::tab_spanner(label = 'Desertion', columns = c('OLS 2', 'NBin 2')) %>%
       gt::tab_spanner(label = 'Clergy', columns = 'Logit 1')

Stars: Statistical significance markers

Some people like to add "stars" to their model summary tables to mark statistical significance. The stars argument can take three types of input:

  1. NULL omits any stars or special marks (default)
  2. TRUE uses these default values: * p < 0.1, ** p < 0.05, *** p < 0.01
  3. Named numeric vector for custom stars.
gtsummary(models, stars = TRUE) 
gtsummary(models, stars = c('+' = .1, '*' = .01)) 

Whenever stars != NULL, gtsummary adds a note at the bottom of the table automatically. If you would like to omit this note, just use the stars_note argument:

gtsummary(models, stars = TRUE, stars_note = FALSE) 

If you want to create your own stars description, you can add custom notes with the notes argument.

Digits, rounding, exponential notation

The fmt argument defines how numeric values are rounded and presented in the table. This argument follows the sprintf C-library standard. For example,

  • %.3f will keep 3 digits after the decimal point, including trailing zeros.
  • %.5f will keep 5 digits after the decimal point, including trailing zeros.
  • Changing the f for an e will use the exponential decimal representation.

Most users will just modify the 3 in %.3f, but this is a very powerful system, and all users are encouraged to read the details: ?sprintf

gtsummary(models, fmt = '%.7f')

Colors and styles

The power of the gt package makes gtsummary tables endlessly customizable. For instance, we can color columns and cells, and present values in bold or italics:

gtsummary(models) %>%
    tab_style(style = cells_styles(bkgd_color = "lightcyan",
                                   text_weight = "bold"),
              locations = cells_data(columns = vars(`OLS 1`))) %>%
    tab_style(style = cells_styles(bkgd_color = "#F9E3D6",
                                   text_style = "italic"),
              locations = cells_data(columns = vars(`NBin 2`),
                                     rows = 2:6))

Fancy text with markdown: bold, italics, etc.

Thanks to gt, gtsummary accepts markdown indications for emphasis and more:

          title = md('This is a **bolded series of words.**'),
          notes = list(md('And an *emphasized note*.')))

Font size

This will produce a table with extra large row labels and extra small coefficient estimates.

gtsummary(models) %>%
    tab_style(style = cells_styles(text_size = 'x-large'),
              locations = cells_stub()) %>%
    tab_style(style = cells_styles(text_size = 'x-small'),
              locations = cells_data())

Note that gt's tab_style function is more developed for HTML output than for RTF or LaTeX, so some styling options may not be availble yet. The gt package is under heavy development, so feel free to file an issue on github if you have a special request, and stay tuned for more!

Add rows manually

Use the add_rows argument to add rows manually to the bottom of the table.

row1 <- c('Custom row 1', 'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e')
row2 <- c('Custom row 2', 5:1)
gtsummary(models, add_rows = list(row1, row2))


Insert images in your tables using the gt::text_transform and gt::local_image functions.

gtsummary(models) %>%
        locations = cells_data(columns = 1, rows = 1),
        fn = function(x) {local_image(file = "examples/squirrel.png", height = 120)}

A complex example

This is the code I used to generate the "complex" table posted at the top of this README.

cm <- c('Crime_prop' = 'Crime / Population',
        'Donations' = 'Donations',
        'Infants' = 'Infants',
        '(Intercept)' = 'Constant')
          coef_map = cm,
          stars = TRUE,
          gof_omit = "Deviance",
          title = 'Summarizing 5 statistical models using the `gtsummary` package for `R`.',
          subtitle = 'Models estimated using the Guerry dataset.',
          notes = c('First custom note to contain text.',
                    'Second custom note with different content.')) %>%
    # add spanning labels
    tab_spanner(label = 'Literacy', columns = c('OLS 1', 'NBin 1')) %>%
    tab_spanner(label = 'Desertion', columns = c('OLS 2', 'NBin 2')) %>%
    tab_spanner(label = 'Clergy', columns = 'Logit 1') %>%
    # footnotes
        footnote = md("This is a **very** important model, so we are pointing it out in a column-specific footnote."),                        
        locations = cells_column_labels(columns = vars(`OLS 1`))) %>%  
        footnote = "This is the variable of interest.",                                                                                           
        locations = cells_stub(rows = vars(Infants))) %>%                                                                                                                                      
        footnote = "Most important model + most important variable = most important estimate.",
        locations = cells_data(columns = vars(`OLS 1`), rows = vars(Infants))) %>%   
    # color and bold
    tab_style(style = cells_styles(text_color = "red", text_weight = "bold"),
              locations = cells_data(columns = vars(`OLS 1`), rows = vars(Infants)))

Other useful features

Output formats

To save a table to file, use the filename argument. gtsummary guesses the output format based on the filename extension. The supported extensions are: .tex, .rtf, .html (ASCII/Text tables coming soon).

gtsummary(models, filename = 'table.tex')
gtsummary(models, filename = 'table.rtf')
gtsummary(models, filename = 'table.html')

If filename is not specified, gtsummary returns a gt object which can be further customized and rendered by the relevant functions in the gt package, such as as_raw_html, as_latex, or as_rtf. RStudio renders the html version of this object automatically.

Dynamic documents with knitr

You can use knitr and gtsummary to create dynamic documents with nice summary tables. When knitting in html format, adding a gtsummary(models) call to a code chunk should work out of the box.

When knitting to PDF output, things are slightly different. Indeed, the gt output functionality for LaTeX is still in development and it is somewhat limited. To avoid common sources of compilation errors, and to allow users to use \label{}, gtsummary includes the knit_latex function. To knit to PDF, simply use:

gtsummary(models, title = 'Model summary') %>% 
    knit_latex(label = 'tab:example')

My goal is to deprecate knit_latex when gt LaTeX export features improve.

Here are two minimal working examples of markdown files which can be converted to HTML or PDF using the knitr package. Just open one the .Rmd files in RStudio and click the "Knit" button:

Unsupported models and custom tidiers

gtsummary relies on two functions from the broom package to extract model information: tidy and glance. If broom doesn't support the type of model you are trying to summarize, gtsummary won't support it out of the box. Thankfully, it is extremely easy to add support for most models using custom methods.

For example, models produced by the MCMCglmm package are not currently supported by broom. To add support, you simply need to create a tidy and a glance method:

# load packages and data

# add custom functions to extract estimates (tidy) and goodness-of-fit (glance) information
tidy.MCMCglmm <- function(object, ...) {
    s <- summary(object, ...)
    ret <- tibble::tibble(term = row.names(s$solutions),
                          estimate = s$solutions[, 1],
                          conf.low = s$solutions[, 2],
                          conf.high = s$solutions[, 3])
glance.MCMCglmm <- function(object, ...) {
    ret <- tibble::tibble(dic = object$DIC,
                          n = nrow(object$X))

# estimate a simple model
model <- MCMCglmm(PO ~ 1 + plate, random = ~ FSfamily, data = PlodiaPO, verbose=FALSE, pr=TRUE)

# summarize the model
gtsummary(model, statistic = '')

Two important things to note. First, the methods are named tidy.MCMCglmm and glance.MCMCglmm because the model object I am trying to summarize is of class MCMCglmm. You can find the class of a model by running: class(model).

Second, in the example above, we used the statistic = '' argument. This is because the tidy method produces conf.low and conf.high columns. In most cases, users will define std.error column in their custom tidy methods, so the statistic argument will need to be adjusted.

If you create new tidy and glance methods, please consider contributing them to broom so that the rest of the community can benefit from your work:

Pooled multiple imputation results

gtsummary can pool and display analyses on several datasets imputed using the mice package. For example:


# Create a new dataset with missing values
url <- ''
tmp <- read.csv(url)[, c('Clergy', 'Donations', 'Literacy')]
tmp$Clergy[sample(1:nrow(tmp), 3)] <- NA
tmp$Donations[sample(1:nrow(tmp), 3)] <- NA
tmp$Literacy[sample(1:nrow(tmp), 3)] <- NA

# Impute dataset 5 times
tmp <- mice(tmp, m = 5, printFlag = FALSE, seed = 1024)

# Estimate models
mod <- list()
mod[[1]] <- with(tmp, lm(Clergy ~ Donations))
mod[[2]] <- with(tmp, lm(Clergy ~ Donations + Literacy))

# Summarize
gtsummary(mod, statistic = 't')
gtsummary(mod, statistic = 'ubar')

The statistic argument can take any column name in the tidy data frame obtained by:


Power users

The gt package allows a bunch more customization and styling. Power users can use gtsummary's extract function to produce a tibble which can easily be fed into gt.

> gtsummary::extract(models)
# A tibble: 21 x 8
   group     term        statistic `OLS 1` `NBin 1` `OLS 2` `NBin 2` `Logit 1`
   <chr>     <chr>       <chr>     <chr>   <chr>    <chr>   <chr>    <chr>
 1 estimates (Intercept) estimate  64.114  4.218    57.331  4.384    1.006
 2 estimates (Intercept) statistic (5.247) (0.144)  (8.315) (0.233)  (0.710)
 3 estimates Crime_prop  estimate  -0.002  -0.000   -0.002  -0.000   -0.000
 4 estimates Crime_prop  statistic (0.001) (0.000)  (0.001) (0.000)  (0.000)
 5 estimates Infants     estimate  -0.001  ""       0.000   ""       -0.000
 6 estimates Infants     statistic (0.000) ""       (0.000) ""       (0.000)
 7 estimates Donations   estimate  ""      -0.000   ""      -0.000   ""
 8 estimates Donations   statistic ""      (0.000)  ""      (0.000)  ""
 9 gof       R2          ""        0.237   ""       0.073   ""       ""
10 gof       Adj.R2      ""        0.218   ""       0.051   ""       ""
# … with 11 more rows

Alternative summary table packages for R

There are several excellent alternative summary table packages for R: