Running R on Jupyter Notebook with R Kernel (No Anaconda)

A simple guide to install R Kernel on Jupyter Notebook (Windows).  Do not need Anaconda.

  1. Objectives:
      1. Install R Kernel on Jupyter Notebook (Windows)
  2. Required Tools:
      1. R for windows— R for windows
      2. JupyterNotebook — Jupyter Notebook
  3. Steps:
      1. Install R. Use the R terminal (do not use R studio) to install R packages:
        • install.packages(c(‘repr’, ‘IRdisplay’, ‘evaluate’, ‘crayon’, ‘pbdZMQ’, ‘devtools’, ‘uuid’, ‘digest’))
        • install.packages(‘IRkernel’)
      2. Make Kernel available to Jupyter
        • IRkernel::installspec()
        • OR IRkernel::installspec(user = FALSE) #install system-wide
      3. Open a notebook and open new R script.

Further notes 

  • After getting Additional R library might be hard to install inside the Notebook. For workaround, install desired library in R terminal then open the Notebook.
  • If need to use R.exe on windows command terminal, ensure R.exe is on path. [likely location: C:\R\R-2.15.1\bin]
  • ggplot tutorial



Convert Jupyter Notebook into Gist fast with Gist-it

Easy way to convert Jupyter Notebook into Gist.

  1. Required Tools:
      1. Jupyter extension package
  2. Steps:
      1. Install Jupyter extension and configurator
      2. Commands
        1. pip install jupyter_contrib_nbextensions
        2. jupyter contrib nbextension install
        3. pip install jupyter_nbextensions_configurator
        4. jupyter nbextensions_configurator enable
  3. Open notebook and there will be a new tab Nbextensions
  4. Select Gist it and enable it. See step 5 for further configuration.
  5. Note: somehow I cannot create anonymous gist even though Gist-it allows it. Therefore, would need to create a access token from Github.
  6. To generate the access token, go to link and click “generate  new token”. Provide a description and under scope, tick gist and click Generate token
  7. Copy the token string. Return to Gist-it parameters selection in Notebook and Copy the token into the GitHub personal access token. Tick Gists default to public and click Enable
  8. To gist a notebook, click on the Github icon, tick Make the gist public and enter a description, click Gist it!

Further notes