Ubuntu: Install the lastest version of RStudio


I want to install the latest RStudio. I followed the answer to How you install R 3.2.2 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

When I typed the last line of the answer

make && make install  

I got error msg:

*** No targets specified and no makefile found stop.  


Install R

Do one of the following, depending on which version of Ubuntu you are using.

  • Ubuntu 12.04 to 17.10

    For the latest R packages, add the R repository and key. For more information, see The Comprehensive R Archive Network, Ubuntu.

    echo "deb http://cran.stat.ucla.edu/bin/linux/ubuntu `lsb_release -sc`/" | sudo tee --append /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cran.list  sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E084DAB9  sudo apt update  sudo apt install r-base  

    (If http://cran.stat.ucla.edu/bin/linux/ubuntu does not work, or you want a mirror closer to you, replace cran.stat.ucla.edu with one of the URLs listed at CRAN Mirrors).

  • Universe Repository (Ubuntu 18.04)

    Sometimes R may not available from The Comprehensive R Archive Network for your version of Ubuntu (this usually happens when a new version of Ubuntu has just been released), or you may just want to install the version of R packaged specifically for Ubuntu. In that case, r-base can be installed from the Universe repositories.

    Ensure "Community maintained free and open-source software (universe)" is selected in the Software & Updates tool. Then do the following.

    sudo apt update  sudo apt install r-base  

Prepare to Install R Studio

R Studio requires the JPEG runtime library, so install it.

    sudo apt install libjpeg62  

Prior to Ubuntu 17.10, R Studio required the GStreamer libraries, so do one of the following, depending on which version of Ubuntu you are using.

  • Ubuntu 12.04 to 16.04

    sudo apt install libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-0  
  • Ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04 (32 bit)

    wget --tries=3 --timeout=120 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gstreamer0.10/libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1.5_i386.deb  wget --tries=3 --timeout=120 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gst-plugins-base0.10/libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-2_i386.deb  sudo dpkg -i libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1.5_i386.deb  sudo dpkg -i libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-2_i386.deb  sudo apt-mark hold libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0  sudo apt-mark hold libgstreamer0.10  
  • Ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04 (64 bit)

    wget --tries=3 --timeout=120 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gstreamer0.10/libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1.5_amd64.deb  wget --tries=3 --timeout=120 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gst-plugins-base0.10/libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-2_amd64.deb  sudo dpkg -i libgstreamer0.10-0_0.10.36-1.5_amd64.deb  sudo dpkg -i libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0_0.10.36-2_amd64.deb  sudo apt-mark hold libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0  sudo apt-mark hold libgstreamer0.10  

    (For more information, see https://mikewilliamson.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/installing-r-studio-on-ubuntu-16-10/).

  • Ubuntu 17.10 and higher

    No additional packages are needed.

Install R Studio

Download the binary version of R Studio and install.

Be sure to use the latest version in the wget command. You can get the URL for the latest release by right-clicking on the Ubuntu Debian installer near the bottom of the R Studio Download page.

  • Ubuntu 12.04 to 15.10 (32 Bit)

    wget --tries=3 --timeout=120 https://download1.rstudio.org/rstudio-1.1.383-i386.deb  sudo dpkg -i rstudio-*-i386.deb  
  • Ubuntu 12.04 to 15.10 (64 Bit)

    wget --tries=3 --timeout=120 https://download1.rstudio.org/rstudio-1.1.383-amd64.deb  sudo dpkg -i rstudio-*-amd64.deb  
  • Ubuntu 16.04 to 17.10 and higher (64 Bit only)

    wget --tries=3 --timeout=120 https://download1.rstudio.org/rstudio-xenial-1.1.383-amd64.deb  sudo dpkg -i rstudio-*-amd64.deb  


Prior to Ubuntu 17.10, if you want to show R or R Studio in the "Education" category in the Unity Dash, instead of the "Development" category, do the following, respectively.

sudo sed -i "s|Graphics;|Education;|g" /usr/share/applications/R.desktop  sudo sed -i "s|Development;|Education;Math;|g" /usr/share/applications/rstudio.desktop  


Don't bother with the debian file from their website, you are going to waste your time with the error codes, which was my experience today.

The easiest way to do this is to download Anaconda, it is fast and easy, and works with other tools such as Jupyter and Spyder if you use Python as well. Anaconda can be downloaded at https://docs.continuum.io/anaconda/install-linux.html. Once you have installed Anaconda, type


into your terminal and the navigator will pop up. You will see rstudio there as being ready to install. Press install and it works.



The problem that you encounter after running make is likely already occurring earlier (the makefile is not created when the config script exits because it encounters a problem).


You should be able to verify this by reading the output from that script.

Solving the error that you see after running the './config' command, will likely help you further installing the source code.


I tried to replicate you error and on my system I got the error:

"configure: error: --with-x=yes (default) and X11 headers/libs are not available"

If I run the script with the option '--with-x=no' then the configure script finished without errors and the makefile is generated.


The cause of the error is that you do have X11 but not the development files. After a manual install of the development files you can continue the installation of Rstudio.

sudo apt-get install libx11-dev libxt-dev  


solution found via http://r.789695.n4.nabble.com/A-problem-with-X11-quot-headers-libs-quot-td4655213.html

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