Updating R

Updating on Windows

Updating on Windows is apparently tricky, a package called installr, which is only for Windows can be used to ease the process.
The following commands were taken from here, which goes into more details.
First Install the installr package if you don’t have it

# installing/loading the package:
if(!require(installr)) {
} #load / install+load installr

Now call updateR() function to call update
This will start the updating process of your R installation. It will check for newer versions, and if one is available, will guide you through the decisions you’d need to make.

# using the package:

Updating On Mac and Ubuntu

One Mac and Ubuntu you need to go to the CRAN website, https://www.r-project.org/ to install the newer package intaller.

Updating RStudio

Updating RStudio is easy, just go to Help > Check for Updates to install newer version.

Updating R Packages

Updating Out of date Packages

Updating out of date package that were installed with install.packages() is easy with the update.packages() function.


Which will ask you for every package if you want to update, to just say yes to everything use ask = FAlSE.

update.packages(ask = FALSE)

Unfortunately this won’t update packages installed by devtools::install_github()

Updating all Packages after R update

On Windows this is hanlded by the package installr. But for other operating systems, after updating R, a lot of packages might have been build under the old R version and it would be safer to re-install all the packages already installed. This can be done with the following commands. Again this won’t update packages installed with devtools::install_github()

## get packages installed
packs = as.data.frame(installed.packages(.libPaths()[1]), stringsAsFactors = F)

## and now re-install install packages using install.packages()