Linux Packages for R

Getting R set up on Linux can be somewhat frustrating. Many of the fundamental packages (like {devtools} or {remotes}) have implicit system dependencies. So installing these packages can involve numerous iterations back and forth between R and the shell while you figure out what those dependencies are and get them all installed.

I’ve been through this process many times now and finally just created a quick script that will get most of it done quickly and easily.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y \
  libcurl4-openssl-dev \
  libssl-dev \
  libxml2-dev \
  libfontconfig1-dev \
  libharfbuzz-dev \
  libfribidi-dev \
  libfreetype6-dev \
  libpng-dev \
  libtiff5-dev \
  libjpeg-dev \

After that you should be able to install the majority of R packages without having to worry about system dependencies.