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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 0.6.4
Mac OS X

Current News

RKWard 0.6.4 - Much improved support for translations, reworked plugin management, first release on

21 December 2015

Shortly before the end of the year, a new version of RKWard is available for download. While the list of changes looks relatively short this time, beyond the usual fixes, with the help of usability expert Jan Dittrich, we have addressed some long standing potential for confusion in several important parts of RKWard's user interface.

Among the changes that do not quite show in our ChangeLog, we continue receiving more and more translations from the KDE language teams. Also we are working to finish our move to Importantly, we now track new issues on the KDE bugtracking system (see Bugs)). A lot of work went into the rkwarddev package to make the plugin generating code much more intuitive. In particular, see the documentation on the new js() function.

Finally, already looking ahead to forthcoming releases, we are making good progress on porting RKWard to the more modular, more modern version 5 of the KDE libraries (aka KF5).

As usual, please don't be shy of contacting us with your feedback, suggestions, and contributions!


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:


You can follow us on Twitter:

Submitting bug reports / feature requests

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