What is the difference between R and R-Studio?

  • Hi,

    I wanted to know what is the difference between R and R-Studio? are they two different software?

    I noticed that in many forums sometimes they talk about R and sometimes they mention R-Studio.

    sorry if my question is very basic. I am new to R and I want to start learning.

    • Best Answer


    No worries, all questions are welcomed. Everyone starts from somewhere and it is never late ;)

    Back to your question:

    R and RStudio are two distinct entities that serve different purposes in the world of data analysis and statistical computing.


    R is a programming language specifically designed for statistical computing and graphics. It provides a vast collection of statistical techniques, data manipulation capabilities, and data visualization tools. R is an open-source language, which means it is freely available to the community, and users can contribute their own packages and extensions to enhance its functionality. R can be used in various ways, including through command-line interfaces, script files, or integrated development environments (IDEs) like RStudio.


    RStudio, on the other hand, is an integrated development environment (IDE) for the R programming language. It is not a programming language itself, but rather a software application that provides a user-friendly interface and a range of features to enhance the R programming experience. RStudio simplifies the process of writing, testing, and executing R code by offering tools such as a code editor, console, environment viewer, data viewer, and plot viewer. It also includes features for project management, package management, documentation, and collaboration, all aimed at facilitating the data analysis workflow.

    In summary, R is the programming language that provides the statistical computing capabilities, while RStudio is an IDE that provides a user-friendly interface and a set of tools to work with R code more efficiently. RStudio enhances the experience of working with R by providing a cohesive and streamlined environment for data analysis, project management, package management, and collaboration. RStudio serves as a powerful companion to R, making it easier for users to leverage the capabilities of the R language in their data analysis endeavors.

    I hope that I could have answered your question.

  • For more details you can also take a look at two articles here:

Participate now!

Don’t have an account yet? Register yourself now and be a part of our community!