RShowDoc {utils}R Documentation

Show R Manuals and Other Documentation


Utility function to find and display R documentation.


RShowDoc(what, type = c("pdf", "html", "txt"), package)



a character string: see ‘Details’.


an optional character string giving the preferred format. Can be abbreviated.


an optional character string specifying the name of a package within which to look for documentation.


what can specify one of several different sources of documentation, including the R manuals (R-admin, R-data, R-exts, R-intro, R-ints, R-lang), NEWS, COPYING (the GPL licence), any of the licenses in ‘share/licenses’, FAQ (also available as R-FAQ), and the files in ‘R_HOME/doc’.

Only on Windows, the R for Windows FAQ is specified by rw-FAQ.

If package is supplied, documentation is looked for in the ‘doc’ and top-level directories of an installed package of that name.

If what is missing a brief usage message is printed.

The documentation types are tried in turn starting with the first specified in type (or "pdf" if none is specified).


A invisible character string given the path to the file found.

See Also

For displaying regular help files, help (or ?) and help.start.

For type = "txt", is used. vignettes are nicely viewed via RShowDoc(*, package= . ).


RShowDoc("FAQ", type = "html")
RShowDoc("frame", package = "grid")
RShowDoc("changes.txt", package = "grid")
RShowDoc("NEWS", package = "MASS")

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