# Quick Script to Install an R Package from the Command Line

I wrote a really quick script to install R packages from the command line that I thought I’d share.

It doesn’t really do a great deal, but you can use it to install one package at a time.

Save the below as rpkginstall and make sure it’s executable with chmod + x rpkginstall.

Then you can install a package like this example, which would install dplyr, ./rpkginstall dplyr.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

pkg=${1} function help { echo "Usage:$(basename $0) <package name>" exit 1 } [ -z${pkg} ] && help

REXEC=$(which R) if [ -z${REXEC} ]; then
echo "install.packages(\"\${pkg}\", repos=\"https://cran.rstudio.com\")" | R --no-save