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Welcome to RKWard

RKWard RKWard is an easy to use and easily extensible IDE/GUI for R. It aims to combine the power of the R-language with the ease of use of commercial statistics tools.

RKWard's features include:

  • Spreadsheet-like data editor
  • Syntax highlighting, code folding and code completion
  • Data import (e.g. SPSS, Stata and CSV)
  • Plot preview and browsable history
  • R package management
  • Workspace browser
  • GUI dialogs for all kinds of statistics and plots

Its features can be extended by plugins, and it's all free software.

Current News

RKWard 0.6.0 is available - also on the Mac

24 October 2012

Today, a new version of RKWard is available for download. RKWard 0.6.0 adds initial support for debugging R code (a debugger console, and a display of current evaluation frames). Dialogs for - among others - t-tests and Wilcoxon-tests have been improved, a table of contents was added to the output window, and, as usual, many more features were added, and bugs were fixed, both in RKWard itself, and external plugins. Perhaps more importantly than all this, however, 0.6.0 is the first official release of RKWard to be readily available on Mac OS X.

Also, at this occasion, I'd like to take a short moment to look back: RKWard is approaching it's tenth anniversary, version 0.1.0 was released on November 19, 2002. During those ten years, at times, the project has been on ice, or going at glacial speed. But the project is still here and - driven by a wonderful community - it's looking younger than ever, after all this time. Many thanks to everybody involved!


You can help

RKWard is developed by a community of volunteers, working on the project in their free time. You can help us in various ways:

User Documentation

At the time of this writing, the most complete overview of RKWard is given in an article in the Journal of Statistical Software (Abstract, PDF).

Our Screenshots and Mission Statement may also help to get a basic idea of RKWard, quickly. Further important resources for end users:

Developer Information

Information concerning development of RKWard. This includes information for translators, plugin authors, documentation writers, and other contributors.

Getting in Contact

Mailing Lists

RKWard currently offers two main mailing lists:

  • rkward-users The main list for user discussion about RKWard. This is a good place to ask for help with RKWard. Also this mailing lists is kept posted on the most important developments and new file releases.
  • rkward-devel The main list for discussions concerning the development of RKWard. Posting is not restricted to developers. If your topic goes beyond mere usage questions, this list is for you.

Due to problems with spam, posting is restricted to subscribers on both lists, but non-spam posts by non-subscribers will be allowed manually.

If you are interested in only the most basic information (new releases), consider subscribing to the RSS feed on freshcode: .

One further mailing list receives notifications of new source commits, and buildbot failures. High volume, intended primarily for developers:


If you prefer posting in a Forum, you can do that as well:

Submitting bug reports / feature requests

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