We strongly recommend installing precompiled binaries for R on Linux systems, as it is by far the easiest way to install R. We have provided these binaries as a convenience here. Our recommended installation instructions on that page allow you to make multiple versions of R available, and avoid replacing existing versions of R when updating system packages.
However, if you prefer to install R from source, you can follow these steps. As we advise on that page, if you build R from source, you must ensure that you have the build dependencies required for R, and that you configured the build with
After you have installed each version of R, you might want to check that it was compiled with all your desired capabilities with this command from an R console: