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R Packages


R Packages are collections of R functions, data, and compiled code in a well-defined format. The directory where packages are stored is called the library. R comes with a standard set of packages. Others are available for download and installation. Once installed, they have to be loaded into the session to be used.

R comes with standard (or base) packages, which contain the basic functions and data sets as well as standard statistical and graphical functions that allow R to work easily.

The packages are stored in three sources mainly –


2. Bioconductor

3. Github


The full form of CRAN is Comprehensive R Archive Network. It is an open source platform to store packages and other documents related to R. It is an open distributed platform , where anyone can store and download packages . It is default source to install packages in R.


Bioconductor is a freeopen source and open development software project for the analysis and comprehension of genomic data generated by wet lab experiments in molecular biology.


It is a web based repository to store and collaboration features for development . We can store packages in this repository .

You can install package by following these steps :

1. Go to Package tab in right corner window . Choose Install option from the Package menu .

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2. It will open Install Packages window .

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3. Add package name under Packages(separate multiple with space or comma) . Add ggplot2 package to install.

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4. I am installing package ggplot2 here . Click on Install button to install package.

5. It will show following output in Console window .  

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You can also install packages by using Script window. We can write this code to install “ggplot2” package.


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To load “ggplot2” package we can write following code:


When we run this command , it will show this output  .

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We can also load “ggplot2” package by using another way :

We search ggplot2 in Package window . It will show this window.

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For loading ggplot2 package , we tick mark ggplot2 . It will load ggplot2 package .

You can see output here :

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If we unselect (un-tick) mark across ggplot2 , it will unload package from R .We can see the output here :

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It shows following code in Console window :


It shows we detach package from R by above code or by just un-tick ggplot2 from package window.

You can also download multiple packages at the same time :


Install a package from Bioconductor :

First , we install Bioconductor package by :-


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To install package “limma” from Bioconductor source :


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Install a package from Github :

First install “devtools” package.


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We are installing “survminer” package here :


In above code kassambara is User-name of github user . Survminer is package stored in github repository of  kassambara(User ).

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View loaded R packages :

To view the list of loaded (or attached) packages during an R session, use the function search():


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Remove installed packages :

To remove an installed R package , we are using remove.packages() as follow:


It will remove “fpc” package from R.

Update installed packages :

If you want to update all R packages, type this:


To update specific installed packages  “readr “and “ggplot2“, use this:

update.packages(oldPkgs = c(“readr”, “ggplot2”))