[R] R editor for Mac

William Michels wjm1 at caa.columbia.edu
Thu Jan 21 01:57:19 CET 2016

Hello Christofer!

For text-editing the R.app GUI has always been fabulous. An old
mainstay on the Mac (after Apple's TextEdit) has been TextWrangler,
and its big-brother, BBEdit. For development RStudio is quite nice,
and--based partly on RStudio's offering of a Vim-compatibility
mode--Vim has become a recent interest, although it has a steep
learning curve. Of course, Vim itself is already available at the
Terminal command line, but more Mac-like version named MacVim is
available at:


Further instructions on using Vim with R are available here:

BTW, it looks like you're using an older version of Mac OS X (Lion,
version 10.7.5) released in 2012. So some of the text editors
mentioned by others in this thread may not be their "latest and
greatest." Also, while you can run R version 3.2.1 right now (current
R version is 3.2.3), the R Mac page says "NOTE: the binary support for
OS X before Mavericks (10.9) is being phased out, we do not expect
further releases!" See:


Mac OS X is now at version 10.11.4 (El Capitan). Wikipedia says some
Macs all the way back to 2007 can run El Capitan (see
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X_El_Capitan), so there may be an
upgrade path for you, if not all the way to El Capitan (10.11) then
maybe up to Mavericks (10.9), to keep you from having to compile
future R-versions from source. Finally, you should consider checking
out the R-Sig-Mac mailing list for further Mac-specific info:




W. Michels, Ph.D.

On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Christofer Bogaso
<bogaso.christofer at gmail.com> wrote:

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