How to Install R on CentOS 7

Install R on CentOS 7

R is a opensource programming language and software environment which comes with GUI (Graphical User Interface). R language specialized in statistical computing and graphics so it is widely used in statistical software development and data analysis. In this tutorial we are going to learn How to install R on CentOS 7.


Before you start to install R on CentOS. You must have a non-root user account on your server with sudo privileges.

Installing R on CentOS

R language repository is available in CentOS EPEL repositories so we need to add the repository. Follow below instructions to add repository and install R on CentOS.

Install CentOS EPEL repository by using following command:

sudo yum install epel-release

Run the following command to install R in CentOS:

sudo yum install R

Confirm the installation and check the version of R language by typing the following command:

R --version

The output should be:

R version 3.5.3 (2019-04-03) -- "Joy in Playing"
Copyright (C) 2019 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under the terms of the
GNU General Public License versions 2 or 3.
For more information about these matters see

Run Simple Hello World Program In R

Now we are going to run a simple R program in CentOS using following instructions.

Create a file named HelloWorld.R using the following command:

sudo nano HelloWorld.R

Copy and paste the following code in above file:

helloVariable <- "Hello World"

Now run program by typing the following command in the terminal:

Rscript HelloWorld.R

The output should be:

[1] Hello World

You have successfully run Hello World program in R language.


You have successfully learned how to install R on CentOS 7. If you have any queries please don’t forget to comment out.