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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.

Get RKWard 0.6.2
Mac OS X

Current News

FAQ: Trouble running RKWard after upgrading to R 3.x?

RKWard fails to start after you have upgraded to R 3.0.x or 3.1.x? RKWard supports R 3.x since version 0.6.1, but only if it was compiled against R 3.x. This means that after upgrading R, you will have to re-compile or re-install RKWard. In case of doubt, don't hesitate to contact us.

RKWard 0.6.2 - Graphics features come to the Mac, many new features for plugin development

20 October 2014

The RKWard team is proud to announce the release of version 0.6.2 of the free statistical software suite -- the first release since April 2013. Next to the usual round of bug-fixing, this release is packed with important new features. One of these is the new RKWard native on-screen graphics device RK(), which finally brings RKWard's graphics device features to the Mac. Plugin developers can utilize some new controls, and fetch information from R, dynamically.

At the some time several of the official plugins have been improved (e.g., the plot export formats now include support for tikzDevice; there's a new dialog to recode categorical data, and the linear regression dialog gains an option to save all predicted values to your workspace). But also there have been notable additions to RKWard plugins that can be downloaded from our external plugin repository. For instance, there is a new package rk.power which adds a GUI for power analysis and sample size estimation to RKWard.


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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