Binaries and Build Scripts

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Purpose of this page

To provide 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 Obviously, packages do not exist for all common distributions, yet, and some packages are outdated.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


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
# install the package
sudo dpkg -i rkward-[VERSION]-[ARCH].deb

i386 binary for debian lenny

This package is unlikely to work correctly on any other system. If you are not using debian lenny, including R from debian lenny, try the "deb-src"-approach. detailed above, instead.

# backport of the most recent releases to debian stable (currently i386 only)
deb stable/


RKWard is 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


The FreeBSD port is typically updated very quickly for new releases of RKWard, and hence almost always up to date. Information on the port is available here:

Core instructions provided on that site:

To install the port: cd /usr/ports/math/rkward/ && make install clean

To add the package: pkg_add -r rkward


Detlef Steuer has prepared packages for SUSE: . Packages are available for SUSE >= 10.0.

This is at version 0.4.8 at the time of this writing, i.e. up to date.


Version 0.4.7 appears to be available for FC7:


A package is available here:

This is at version 0.4.7a at the time of this writing.


For 12.1: RKWard 0.4.9a (

For 11.0: RKWard 0.4.7a (


There's a slackbuild for version 0.4.9b at Slamd64Builds (KDE3).


A package is available here. At 0.4.7 at the time of this writing, i.e. up to date (and generally updated fairly quickly):


The current released package for Mandriva seems to be at 0.4.6:

Source rpm for 2007.1

Seek the latest packages and binaries with rpmfind.

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.

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