Select CRAN Mirror in R (2 Examples) | Manually Specify Repository

 

In this article, I’ll illustrate how to select a repository manually when installing an add-on package in the R programming language.

The page contains these topics:

Let’s dive right into the examples:

 

Example 1: R Message – Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session

Let’s assume that you want to install a new package in R:

install.packages("dplyr")        # Try to install dplyr package
# --- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session ---

Then, it might happen that the message “Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session” is printed to the RStudio console. (It didn’t happen to me when I ran the previous code… However, it might happen.)

What should you do in this case? That’s what I’ll explain next…

 

Example 2: Manually Specify Repository when Installing a Package in R

In case you are seeing the message “Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session” after trying to install a package, you might change the repository manually.

You can find a list of available CRAN mirrors here. Select one of these mirrors and specify it in character string format as repos within the install.packages function:

install.packages("dplyr",        # Using repos argument
                 repos = "https://cran.uni-muenster.de/")

Now, the installation of the package should work without any problems.

 

Video, Further Resources & Summary

Have a look at the following video which I have published on my YouTube channel. I show the topics of this tutorial in the video tutorial:

 

The YouTube video will be added soon.

 

Furthermore, you may want to read the other articles of my website.

 

To summarize: You learned in this tutorial how to install.packages(“dplyr”, repos = “https://cran.uni-muenster.de/”) in R. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.

 

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