Installing RKWard on Linux/Unix: Binaries and build instructions

This page provides information on the various distributions that have already included RKWard or for which simple build instructions / scripts exist. Obviously, packages do not exist for all common distributions, yet, and some packages are outdated. Instructions on building from source are available: Building RKWard From Source

Debian & derivatives

RKWard is now included in the official debian distribution. Due to the nature of the debian release cycle, inclusion in the testing and stable archives may take a lot of time, and even debian unstable may not include new releases, immediately.

More up to date packages are available. The following apt-lines (add to /etc/apt/sources.list) may be of interest to you:

deb-src for all systems

# the latest source packages for all debian distributions deb-src ./

With the above line in /etc/apt/sources.list , the following series of commands should be enough to build and install your own binary .deb. This should work on all .deb-based systems, including Ubuntu (if it does not, let us know):

# update package cache sudo apt-get update # fetch build dependencies sudo apt-get build-dep rkward # fetch and build sources apt-get source -b rkward

# finally, install the resulting package # its name should look something like "rkward_[VERSION]_[ARCH].deb", e.g.: sudo dpkg -i rkward_0.6.5-1_amd64.deb

Official repositories

Using the official repositories on Debian based systems (such as Ubuntu), RKWard can be easily installed by

$ apt-get install rkward

Currently available versions on the official repositories: Debian and Ubuntu

Inofficial Ubuntu repositories

RKWard is available for Ubuntu in a variety of versions from the Launchpad project page:


This appears to be the central place for information about the rkward package in Gentoo:

Note that the most recent release of RKWard is often masked testing on x86 and amd64 in the official portage tree. To install, add the keyword to your package.keywords and pull it in using emerge:

# echo "sci-mathematics/rkward" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords # emerge -av rkward

In most cases you are done at this point and ready to use RKWard. As an alternative you can also build RKWard from SVN, but be warned that not every snapshot is guaranteed to build. To build from the latest SVN you can put this ebuild into your local portage overlay (e.g. /usr/local/portage/sci-mathematics/rkward-9999.ebuild):

# Copyright 1999-2009 Gentoo Foundation
# Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
# $Header: $


inherit kde4-base

DESCRIPTION="An IDE/GUI for the R-project"

KEYWORDS="~amd64 ~x86"


src_install() {
        # avoid file collisions
        rm -f "${D}"/usr/$(get_libdir)/R/library/R.css
        rm -f "${D}"/usr/share/apps/katepart/syntax/r.xml

Then just use

# emerge -av rkward

to check out git and built RKWard from the latest sources.


The FreeBSD port is typically updated very quickly for new releases of RKWard, and hence almost always up to date.

Core instructions provided:

cd /usr/ports/math/rkward-kde4/ && make install clean

pkg_add -r rkward-kde4


Starting with openSUSE 12.3, RKWard will be included in the official distribution. To recommended way to get RKWard binaries for your installation is using the package search: .

The SUSE binaries are packaged by Detlef Steuer, and he has a lot more useful links and information, at:

Sometimes development snapshots get published at , but these are often less recent than the above binaries.


Generic installation:

$ yum install rkward

You can also find the build (of all versions of RKWard) at koji and other information regarding the package at pkgdb.


A package is available here:


Please use the R build script available at in case your installation of R doesn’t include the R shared library, since it’s required by RKWard.

Slackware builds of RKWard seem not to be maintained, very actively, and are often outdated. Search for “rkward” on . You may want to try compiling with the SlackBuild scripts from earlier versions of RKWard, or earlier Slackware releases.

13.1: RKWard 0.5.3 slackbuild is located at

13.0: RKWard 0.5.3 slackbuild is located at


A package is available here: . This is typically udpated very quickly after new releases.


The Mandriva packaging often lags a bit behind. We recommend searching rpmfind for the most recent available version:…\&system=Mandriva\&arch=

Somebody with knowledge on Mandriva, please correct / add information, on where binary packages can be found. And esp. whether there is a dynamic link always pointing to the most recent files.


See RKWard on Windows for details.

Mac OS

See RKWard on Mac for details.