Re: [R] Syntax coloring in R console

From: Liviu Andronic <>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 15:02:33 +0200


On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM, January Weiner <> wrote:
> I have found the packages "xterm256" and "highlight", but I was not
> able to figure out how to use it to highlight the syntax in console
> output.
I've been in this position before, without finding a solution for syntax highlighting in the default R console.

> Also, I tried several GUI interfaces, but I was not able to find
> something that suits me better than the default R console. R cmdr is
> definitely not for me, as I don't want to fundamentally change the way
> I am managing my data in R. Rkwrd seems to be nice (from screenshots),
> but its installation requires all the base KDE libraries, which I
> don't want to install.
Recently RStudio was introduced [1] and, although beta, it received quasi-unanimous acclaim from the community, so you risk finding it useful too.



> I tried JGR, the GUI for R, but I have found the following problems
> with this package:
> - I was not able to change the background color from a repulsive grey,
> - apparently, GNU readline is not implemented in that package, that
> is, there is no functionality similar to ctrl-r (which searches
> through the history for matching commands), something I use
> frequently, and
> - tab expansion is of limited use (e.g. doesn't browse files in the
> current directory when expanding quoted arguments e.g. in
> "read.table").
> All in all, I'd be happy to continue using the plain R console, but
> syntax highlighting would be nice. Any advice would be extremely
> welcome.
> Kind regards,
> January
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.12.2 (2011-02-25)
> Platform: i486-pc-linux-gnu (32-bit)
> locale:
>  [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8       LC_NUMERIC=C
> LC_TIME=en_US.utf8        LC_COLLATE=en_US.utf8     LC_MONETARY=C
>  [6] LC_MESSAGES=en_US.utf8    LC_PAPER=en_US.utf8       LC_NAME=C
>            LC_ADDRESS=C              LC_TELEPHONE=C
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
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