Guided Project: Install RStudio

In this guided project, we'll walk you through the steps you need to begin programming with R on your own computer. You’ll install R and RStudio on your own machine so that, in addition to completing the missions on Dataquest’s site, you can also work on data science projects locally. 

While the R language dates back to 1995, RStudio was introduced in 2011. RStudio is a free, open-source Integrated Development Environment (IDE), a software suite designed to organize all your programming tasks in one place and improve the efficiency of your workflow. 

While there are other IDEs available for use with R (Microsoft Visual Studio for R and Eclipse), RStudio is by far the most popular, so it’s important that anyone interested in working as a data analyst be familiar with it. 

This project will also guide you through features of the IDE, so that you are ready to start experimenting with R programming on your own.


  • Install RStudio on your own computer.
  • Prepare to practice programming on your own.
  • Learn to use RStudio's features to improve your data analysis workflow.

Mission Outline

1. Introduction to RStudio
2. Installing R
3. Installing RStudio
4. Working in the Console
5. The Global Environment
6. Importing Data
7. Writing Scripts
8. Next Steps


Course Info:


The median completion time for this course is 6.2 hours. View Details

This course includes five missions and one installation tutorial. This course is the first course in the Data Analyst in R path.


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