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This document is written mostly because Installing R packages from a local file on Mac OS X is not too obvious. The windows section is just tagged to the beginning.


Installling R packages on Windows

Select "install packages(s) from local zip files", under the "Packages" pull-down menu, as below:

There is a message about it being successful - but one can always load the package explicitly to check. See also the Mac OS X section towards the end.


Installling R packages on Mac OS X

These procedures are tested on both PowerPC Macs (10.4/Tiger) and the latest 64-bit Intel Macs (10.7/Lion):

First, start up R:

Under "Package and Data" pull-down menu, select "Package Installer":

In the "Package Installer", pull down the top-left menu and select "Local Binary Package":

Navigate to where you have downloaded the binary package (the below uses snpStats 1.5.5.1 for illustration - snpStats is a snpMatrix derivative with some additional bugs added, and therefore also some additional bug fixes from me...):

Package installation is rather quiet (and annoyingly so), so one might want to explicitly load the newly installed package to check:

R packages on this web site are universal, so there is no need to do anything further. The same package is available under 64-bit R:


Hin-Tak Leung, last updated 2012-03-14

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