How to Download R Studio on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to download R Studio on Mac. R Studio is a powerful integrated development environment (IDE) for the R programming language. It provides a user-friendly interface and advanced tools for data analysis, visualization, and statistical modeling.

Step 1: Visit the R Studio Website

To begin the download process, open your web browser and navigate to the official R Studio website at

Step 2: Go to Downloads Page

Once you are on the R Studio website, hover over the “Products” tab in the top menu and click on “RStudio” from the dropdown menu. On the RStudio page, click on the “Download” button located in the main navigation bar.

Step 3: Select Version

On the Downloads page, you will find different versions of R Studio available for various operating systems. Scroll down until you find “RStudio Desktop – Open Source License”. Click on the corresponding “Download” button.

Step 4: Choose Package

You will be taken to a new page with different packages for various operating systems. Since you are using a Mac, click on the “RStudio-x.x.dmg” link under macOS.

Step 5: Download File

Your browser will start downloading the .dmg file. Depending on your browser settings, it may ask you where to save the file or automatically save it to your default downloads folder.


If your download doesn’t start automatically, click on the provided link to initiate it manually.

Step 6: Locate the Downloaded File

Once the download is complete, navigate to your Downloads folder or the location where your browser saves downloaded files. The .dmg file should be named something like “RStudio-x.dmg”.

Step 7: Install R Studio

Double-click on the .dmg file to open it. A new window will appear with the R Studio logo and an Applications folder icon. Drag and drop the R Studio icon onto the Applications folder icon to install it.


If you encounter a security warning, click “Open” to proceed with the installation.

Step 8: Launch R Studio

After installation, you can find R Studio in your Applications folder. Double-click on the R Studio icon to launch the application.


If you see a warning about an unidentified developer, right-click (or control-click) on the R Studio icon and select “Open” from the context menu. Click “Open” again in the pop-up window.

Step 9: Start Using R Studio

Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded and installed R Studio on your Mac. You can now start using it for data analysis, programming, and statistical modeling.


R Studio requires an existing installation of R on your system. If you don’t have R installed already, you can download it from

  • Troubleshooting:
  • If you encounter any issues during installation or launching of R Studio, make sure that your Mac meets the system requirements specified on the R Studio website.
  • If you have any other questions or need further assistance, refer to the R Studio documentation or community forums.
  • Remember to regularly update both R and R Studio to benefit from the latest features and bug fixes.

Now that you have R Studio up and running on your Mac, dive into the world of data analysis and unleash the power of R!

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