Does R Studio Come With Knitr

R Programming

As someone who has used R Studio extensively for data analysis and report generation, I am often asked whether R Studio comes with knitr, a powerful package for creating dynamic reports. Today, I want to dive deep into this topic and provide you with all the information you need.

First, let’s clarify what R Studio and knitr are. R Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) specifically designed for R programming. It provides a user-friendly interface with various features that enhance the productivity of R programmers. On the other hand, knitr is an R package developed by Yihui Xie, which allows you to mix R code and text in the same document and generate elegant reports or documents in various formats, such as HTML, PDF, and Word.

To answer the question, does R Studio come with knitr? The short answer is no, knitr is not included in the default installation of R Studio. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from using knitr in conjunction with R Studio. Installing knitr is a simple and straightforward process.

To install knitr, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open R Studio and make sure you have an active internet connection.
  2. Click on the “Packages” tab in the bottom-right panel of R Studio.
  3. Click on the “Install” button.
  4. In the “Packages” field, type “knitr”.
  5. Click on the “Install” button next to the “Packages” field.

After following these steps, R Studio will download and install the knitr package from the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). Once the installation is complete, you can load the knitr package into your R session by running the following command:


Now, you have knitr ready to use in R Studio. You can start creating dynamic reports by combining R code chunks and markdown text.

One of the key reasons why knitr is not bundled with R Studio by default is its flexibility and the vast number of R packages available. R Studio aims to provide a clean and minimal environment, allowing users to install and use only the packages they need. This approach ensures that R Studio remains lightweight and adaptable to different workflows.

However, I should note that R Studio does have built-in support for knitr. When you create a new R Markdown document in R Studio, it automatically sets up the necessary configurations for knitr. This integration simplifies the process of creating dynamic reports as R Studio takes care of the behind-the-scenes setup.


In conclusion, while knitr is not included in the default installation of R Studio, it is effortless to install and start using within R Studio. Its seamless integration with R Studio makes it a powerful tool for generating dynamic reports and documents. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced R programmer, knitr can greatly enhance your productivity and make your reports more professional and interactive.