All software on this page is strictly experimental and subject to acceptance of the supplied R license agreement and the disclaimer at the end of the page.
Starting with R 4.0.0 we are building R using standard Apple tools (Xcode) and GNU Fortran (see tools for downloads and details). We maintain two binary builds:
|high-sierra||Mar 19 20:41||x86_64: OK (log)|
x86_64/R-4.2-branch.tar.gz (x86_64, 77Mb)
R-4.2-branch.pkg (89Mb, installer incl. GUI)
4.3.0 Under development (unstable)
|high-sierra||Mar 19 20:54||x86_64: OK (log)|
x86_64/R-devel.tar.gz (x86_64, 78Mb)
R-devel.pkg (90Mb, installer incl. GUI)
|big-sur||Mar 16 22:01||arm64: OK (log)|
arm64/R-4.2-branch.tar.gz (arm64, 75Mb)
R-4.2-branch.pkg (87Mb, installer incl. GUI)
4.3.0 Under development (unstable)
|big-sur||Mar 16 22:09||arm64: OK (log)|
arm64/R-devel.tar.gz (arm64, 76Mb)
R-devel.pkg (87Mb, installer incl. GUI)
Important: The big-sur builds are compatible with the M1 arm-based Macs only. Intel Macs are supported by the high-sierra build which works on any macOS >=10.13 including Big Sur.
The installer image (*.pkg) is packaged exactly the same way as the CRAN release of R (including the GUI) and it will update your R version (unless you use pkgutil - see instructions during installation and/or the "Multiple versions" section of the R Installation and Administration manual).
Alternatively, you can use the tar-ball (*.tar.gz) in the table above. The tar-ball must be unpacked in the root directory using:
$ tar fvxz R*.tar.gz -C /
NOTE: The tar-ball does not contain the GUI (see below for a separate download), it only contains files under /Library/Frameworks/R.framework so either run it via /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/bin/R or create a convenience symlink if desired. The installer includes Tcl/Tk package which will install in /usr/local. It is optional (only needed for the tcltk R package) and can be unchecked at installation time.
If you see any issues with the builds, please contact Simon Urbanek (the macOS maintainer of R) or report on the R-SIG-Mac mailing list.
For old OS X El Capitan nightly builds of R 3.x.x please see the old OS X builds page.
Recently, we have introduced "last-success" binaries which are always available (even if the nightly build fails) and intended mostly for CI/CD automated systems to install latest versions. The two locations are split by the build: high-sierra (x86_64) and big-sur (arm64). The xz tar balls contain only the R.framework directory of the final package, so must be unpacked into /Library/Frameworks.
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8201 for R 4.2.x||high-sierra-x86_64-Debug.dmg||R-GUI-8201-4.2-high-sierra-x86_64-Debug.dmg|
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8201 for R 4.2.x||high-sierra-x86_64-Release.dmg||R-GUI-8201-4.2-high-sierra-x86_64-Release.dmg|
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8201 for R 4.3.x||high-sierra-x86_64-Debug.dmg||R-GUI-8201-4.3-high-sierra-x86_64-Debug.dmg|
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8201 for R 4.3.x||high-sierra-x86_64-Release.dmg||R-GUI-8201-4.3-high-sierra-x86_64-Release.dmg|
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8196 for R 4.2.x||big-sur-arm64-Debug.dmg||R-GUI-8196-4.2-big-sur-arm64-Debug.dmg|
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8196 for R 4.2.x||big-sur-arm64-Release.dmg||R-GUI-8196-4.2-big-sur-arm64-Release.dmg|
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8196 for R 4.3.x||big-sur-arm64-Debug.dmg||R-GUI-8196-4.3-big-sur-arm64-Debug.dmg|
|Mac OS X GUI rev. 8196 for R 4.3.x||big-sur-arm64-Release.dmg||R-GUI-8196-4.3-big-sur-arm64-Release.dmg|
To install, open the image and drag the R icon to your Applications folder. Alternatively the GUI can be run directly off that image without copying if you just want to test it. Build configurations with "64" suffix are 64-bit builds, all others are 32-bit (except for Debug). If you want to use both, rename one of them or place them in different directories.
The big-sur arm64 build of R requires XQuartz 2.8.1 or higher to use the X11 components.
NOTE: Bob Rudis is maintaining a new version of a tool which has RSwitch functionality and more - see 3rd party RSwitch replacement (NOT related to R-Foundation or CRAN!).