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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  • Enrico Spinielli commented
    November 05, 2019 20:05

    Yes to this. Very much needed.

  • Bob Rudis commented
    November 05, 2019 20:13

    Yes pls.

  • Ben Marwick commented
    November 05, 2019 23:33

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

  • Bernd Bis commented
    November 06, 2019 00:11


  • F S commented
    November 06, 2019 07:21

    yes, please! 

  • ZJ Dai commented
    November 06, 2019 10:20

    We need it. Thanks

  • Xudong Sun commented
    November 06, 2019 10:44


  • Patrick Miller commented
    November 06, 2019 12:27


  • Sam Firke commented
    November 08, 2019 02:38

    Surprised to see Circle CI does not officially support R

  • Kuba Nowak commented
    November 18, 2019 09:09