How to check R version in RStudio?

R is a programming language and open-source software used for statistical computing and data analysis while RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R, providing a user-friendly interface, code editing, and tools to enhance the R programming experience.

To check the R version in RStudio, you can use the following steps:

  1. Open RStudio: Launch RStudio on your computer.
  2. Open the Console: In the RStudio interface, locate the Console pane in the bottom left or left-bottom corner of the window. This is where you’ll enter R commands.
  3. Check the R Version: In the Console, simply type and execute the following command:

Alternatively, you can use:

  1. View the R Version: The result will display the R version installed in RStudio, along with additional information about the release and build.

For example, the output might look like:

This will indicate the R version currently in use within your RStudio environment.

How to update R?

To update R to the latest version, follow these general steps:

  1. Windows:
  • Download and run the latest R installer from the CRAN website (
  • Follow the installation prompts, and the new version will replace the old one.
  1. macOS:
  • For macOS, you can use the Homebrew package manager. If you don’t have Homebrew installed, you can install it from
  • Open Terminal and run the following commands to update R:
    shell brew update brew upgrade r
  1. Linux:
  • On Linux, you can update R using your distribution’s package manager. The specific commands may vary depending on your Linux distribution.
    • For Debian/Ubuntu:
    sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade r-base
    • For Red Hat/Fedora:
    sudo dnf update R
    • For Arch Linux:
    sudo pacman -Syu
    • For other distributions, refer to your package manager’s documentation for the appropriate update commands.

After updating R, you should also consider updating any R packages you have installed to ensure they are compatible with the new version. You can do this using the update.packages() function in R.

Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and the specific commands may vary depending on your operating system and package manager.

You can find more information about R on the official R Project for Statistical Computing website ( This website provides comprehensive documentation, tutorials, packages, and resources for learning and using the R programming language for statistical computing and data analysis. Additionally, there are numerous online communities, forums, and books dedicated to R, which can be valuable sources of information and learning materials.