Most downloaded R packages last month

Top 10 packages downloaded from RStudio's CRAN mirror

Top 10 packages downloaded from RStudio's CRAN mirror

Credit: Graph created with ggplot2

Having seen one too many tweets touting a list of most-popular R package from 2013, I went searching for some more recent data. This being R, I figured someone would have already come up with code for this -- and I was correct.

Tel Aviv University PhD candidate Tal Galili wrote some functions in his installr package that download and read log data, making it trivial to then count up how many downloads there were for each available package.

Note that the log data come from only one of the dozens of server mirrors for CRAN (the Comprehensive R Archive Network) -- the mirror run by RStudio, and it's not certain this mirror is a representative sample of worldwide R users who download from other mirrors.

Note, too, that packages available outside of CRAN, such as those you can download directly from GitHub, won't be represented. And, plenty of people are using other packages they downloaded before last month.

With all those caveats in mind, below is a searchable, sortable table with the top 100 R packages downloaded last month from RStudio's CRAN mirror. Click on any package name to go to its CRAN page.

Top R package downloads from the RStudio CRAN mirror

Package Downloads
Rcpp 162778
ggplot2 146008
plyr 123889
stringr 120387
colorspace 118798
digest 113899
reshape2 109869
RColorBrewer 100623
scales 92448
manipulate 88664
mime 87988
labeling 87420
munsell 87009
proto 86646
gtable 86074
dichromat 85694
zoo 79874
RCurl 78639
bitops 73153
evaluate 70199
car 67584
jsonlite 66952
knitr 66063
formatR 64219
highr 63602
R6 63002
httr 60136
lme4 60103
rJava 59371
quantreg 58987
SparseM 57426
nloptr 56339
dplyr 56072
DBI 55979
minqa 54814
MASS 54806
markdown 54591
lattice 53462
devtools 53360
Formula 51374
pbkrtest 51194
gtools 51058
RcppEigen 50949
caTools 50557
magrittr 49487
yaml 49326
htmltools 49291
Hmisc 48708
mgcv 47069
forecast 46956
Matrix 44612
lazyeval 43088
BH 42803
sandwich 41184
mvtnorm 40784
assertthat 40290
latticeExtra 40055
rjson 40018
rpart 39993
foreach 39582
XML 38229
roxygen2 38018
rstudioapi 37024
iterators 36684
xtable 36443
RJSONIO 36394
quadprog 36383
sp 35634
acepack 35161
RcppArmadillo 34796
e1071 34418
igraph 34368
tseries 34285
memoise 33715
gdata 33179
tm 32938
rmarkdown 32298
brew 32076
shiny 32029
timeDate 31746
codetools 31595
chron 31577
randomForest 31314
data.table 31241
testthat 31148
slam 30573
nnet 30547
xlsx 29399
whisker 28611
rgl 28131
boot 27107
reshape 26707
NLP 26576
gridExtra 26131
mnormt 26042
maps 26010
gplots 25852
survival 25479
foreign 25372
httpuv 25033
Source: Analysis of RStudio log files
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