Graphic User Interfaces

R is a command line driven program. The user enters commands at the prompt ( > by default ) and each command is executed one at a time.

There have been a number of attempts to create a more graphical interface, ranging from code editors that interact with R, to full-blown GUIs that present the user with menus and dialog boxes.

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RStudio is my favorite example of a code editor that interfaces with R for Windows, MacOS X, and Linux platforms.

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Perhaps the most stable, full-blown GUI is R Commander, which can also run under Windows, Linux, and MacOS X (see the documentation for technical requirements).

Both of these programs can make R a lot easier to use. For information on other GUI attempts, see the R GUI Projects page.