[R-SIG-Mac] bypassing the R.app help browser?

Marc Schwartz marc_schwartz at me.com
Tue Aug 12 22:04:19 CEST 2014

On Aug 12, 2014, at 2:33 PM, John Fox <jfox at mcmaster.ca> wrote:

> Dear list members,
> Is there a way to bypass the R.app help browser, and to use instead an alternative browser, such as the one pointed to by getOption("browser")? 
> I've tried a number of strategies, including setting .Platform$GUI <- "unknown". The only approach I tried that works is to mask the help() function with a modified version, but this produces other problems, such as referencing unexported objects from utils and tools.
> It would be nice if the help() function had a browser argument, similar to that in browseURL(), and defaulting to the current behaviour.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> John


I found this post from Simon that seems to work:


I tried it on my Mac in the latest version of R.app, which I normally do not use and the help system does now popup a browser.


Marc Schwartz

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