Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What is RStudio?

RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R which works with the standard version of R available from CRAN. RStudio includes a wide range of productivity enhancing features and runs on all major platforms. There are several related IDE products: RStudio Workbench (previously RStudio Server Pro), RStudio Server Open Source, and RStudio Desktop. RStudio Workbench and RStudio Server enable you to provide a browser-based interface to a server running on a remote Linux system.

What versions of R is RStudio compatible with?

RStudio requires an installation of R 3.0.1 or higher. You can download the most recent version of R for your environment from CRAN.

What is the difference between RStudio Desktop, RStudio Server, and RStudio Workbench?

RStudio Desktop is an IDE that works with the version of R you have installed on your local Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux workstation. Version 1.3 and later of RStudio Desktop can also be used as a client of RStudio Workbench (previously RStudio Server Pro).

RStudio Workbench (previously RStudio Server Pro) and RStudio Server Open Source are Linux server applications that provide a web-browser-based interface to a server running on a remote Linux system. For more on why you might want to deploy an RStudio Server instead of RStudio Desktop, see the server documentation.

Does RStudio provide a hosted version of the RStudio IDE?

Yes; RStudio Cloud allows you to use the RStudio IDE over the web without having to deploy your own servers.

What license is RStudio available under?

The open-source RStudio products are available under the GNU Affero General Public License v3. The AGPL v3 is an open-source license that guarantees the freedom to share and change the software, and to make sure it remains free software for all its users.

RStudio Workbench (previously RStudio Server Pro) is subject to RStudio's EULA.

Where can I find the latest updates and news about RStudio?

To keep up with the latest RStudio developments, you can subscribe to our blog or follow us on Twitter.

Where can I get support for using RStudio?

Our support web site includes a knowledge base for common problems with RStudio's products.

For R support, we recommend checking out our community forums at Our team and others in the community actively participates there so it is a great place to go for help or answers.

For questions or issues with our Professional products like RStudio Workbench, paying customers can use the support form to request assistance from our Support team.