Add official support for R

The R programming language is a rapidly developing language which gained lots of new users in the last years.

Coming from the statistical field, its scope has expanded nowadays. Especially the usage in an academic context increased in the last years. R is also used for writing books, creating professional reports, developing UI applications or performing machine learning tasks.


Organizations like ropensci or r-lib are great examples of immense open-source effort to advance the R community.

Besides these, many developers started developing packages (> 10k open-source packages exist) in the last years and see the need for a CI testing suite.

Until now, there is only support for R on Travis CI.

I see a lot of advantages in how Circle CI runs builds compared to Travis CI. Hence I would love to see official R support for Circle CI. Among others, this additions would result in reduced build times due to the existence of a cached docker image.

Furthermore, having a second CI provider for the R community would give the R community more flexibility regarding their CI provider choice and also put some load off from Travis CI.


There have been recent efforts to optimize the support for Circle CI within the R community. Examples are packages like tic or the API-client package circle.



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  • Kuba Nowak commented
    18 Nov, 2019 09:09am


  • Sam Firke commented
    8 Nov, 2019 02:38am

    Surprised to see Circle CI does not officially support R

  • Patrick Miller commented
    6 Nov, 2019 12:27pm


  • Xudong Sun commented
    6 Nov, 2019 10:44am


  • ZJ Dai commented
    6 Nov, 2019 10:20am

    We need it. Thanks

  • F S commented
    6 Nov, 2019 07:21am

    yes, please! 

  • Bernd Bis commented
    6 Nov, 2019 12:11am


  • Ben Marwick commented
    5 Nov, 2019 11:33pm

    Thanks for proposing this! I fully support it and look forward to official support of R by Circle CI

  • Bob Rudis commented
    5 Nov, 2019 08:13pm

    Yes pls.

  • Enrico Spinielli commented
    5 Nov, 2019 08:05pm

    Yes to this. Very much needed.

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