Setup Instructions

You will need to install **two pieces of software on your computer for these lessons: R and RStudio. Installation for R may vary by your operating system (OS); follow the instructions below for your OS. Some lessons also include a small amount of work in a spreadsheet environment like Microsoft Excel® or LibreOffice Calc. If you do not have spreadsheet software, you can download LibreOffice Calc for free.

R instructions


Install R by downloading and running the exe file: R Windows Installer.


  • For Mac OSX, release 10.6 and above, install R by downloading and running the pkg file: Mac OSX package.
  • For earlier releases of Mac OS, see details on installing older versions of R


Download the binary files for your Linux distribution from CRAN. Alternatively, you can use your package manager to install R. e.g. 

  • Debian/Ubuntu, run sudo apt-get install r-base
  • Fedora run sudo yum install R

RStudio instructions

Download and install RStudio.