Welcome R to Cloud9

I use R Studio to do the data analysis in my everyday work. But I wanna use the cloud-based system to remote and control my works more efficient. Git is my first choice to control my files between my office desktop and my laptop. Unfortunately, sometimes, I forgot to commit my updated result when I leave my office. And this is why I want to find this alternative method to use R in the cloud.

1. Install R

We can use this simple method to install R, but it can only install the old version 3.0.2

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install r-base-core

So, I uninstall the old R

sudo apt-get remove r-base-core

To install the latest R version, we need to know the current Ubuntu version first. Just use the following command,

lsb_release -a

And, I can find some information about current Ubuntu version “14.04” and the codename “trusty”

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Release:        14.04
Codename:       trusty

Add deb file in the “source.list” file by using “nano”

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list    

Then, add the following line and save the file.

deb http://cran.rstudio.com/bin/linux/ubuntu trusty/

Back to terminal, use the standard install process to install R

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install r-base





2. Test Example

Let me do some tests. First, create the following R script and name it hello.R

mtext("Hello R!", line=-1)
  • Enter to R console and type

Here is the output


Sometimes, I like to use the ggplot to create the fancy figure. So, I also do this test. Install “ggplot2” and create the R script call hello-gg.R

if(!require(ggplot2)) {install.packages("ggplot2"); require(ggplot2)}

p <- ggplot(NULL, aes(x = 1, y = 1)) + ylim(0.8, 1.2) +
     annotate("text", 1, 1, label = 'Hello R!',
              fontface = "bold", size = 14) +
     theme(axis.title = element_blank(), axis.ticks = element_blank(),
           axis.text = element_blank())

ggsave("hello-gg.png", width = 6, height = 4, dpi = 96)

Enter to R console and type


Here is the output


Now, I can use R to do statistical analysis and visualize result in Cloud 9!


  1. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16093331/how-to-install-r-version-3
  2. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/showtext/vignettes/introduction.html


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