Installing GTK, R, and Rattle
Rattle is distributed as an R package and is available from
http://cran.r-project.org/CRAN, the Comprehensive R
Archive Network. The latest version is also available as an R
package from http://rattle.togaware.comTogaware. The source
code is freely available from
http://code.google.com/p/rattle/Google Code, where it is also
possible to join the Rattle users mailing list.
The first step in installing Rattle is to install the GTK+ libraries,
which provide the Gnome user interface. We need to install the correct
package for our operating system. This installation is independent of
the installation of R itself and is emphasised as a preliminary
step that is often overlooked when installing Rattle.2.1
If you are new to R there are then just a few steps to get up and
running with Rattle. If you are running on a Macintosh, be sure to run
R from inside X11 (off the XCode CD) using the X11 shell to start R,
as native Mac GTK+ is not fully supported. (Also, you need to use gcc
4.0.3, rather than the Mac's 4.0.1.) Be sure to install the glade
libraries before installing RGtk2, since RGtk2 will ignore libraries
that it can't find at the time of installation (e.g., you may find
that newGladeXML is undefined).
- Install the GTK+ libraries
For GNU/Linux these libraries will already be installed if
you are running Gnome, but make sure you also have libglade
installed. If you are not running Gnome you may need to install the
GTK+ libraries in your distribution. For example, with the excellent
http://www.debian.orgDebian GNU/Linux distribution you can
simply install the Glade package:
Debian: wajig install libglade2-0
For MS/Windows, install the latest version of the Glade
package from the
Windows website. Download the self-installing package (e.g.,
gtk-win32-devel-2.8.10-rc1.exe) and open it to install the
MS/Windows: run gtk-win32-devel-2.8.10-rc1.exe
An alternative that seems to work quite well is to get everything
installed by running an R script that also installs the
rggobi package. You can start up R and then type the
This installs the GTK libraries for windows and the rggobi package
for R. (You need R installed already of course - see the next
For Mac/OSX, make sure Apple X11 is installed on your
machine as GTK (and anything built with it) is not native to OSX.
Using darwinports you can install the packages:
Mac/OSX: $ sudo port install gtk2
Mac/OSX: $ sudo port install libglade2
For All installations, after installing libglade or any of
the other libraries, be sure to restart the R console, if you
have one running. This will ensure R can find the newly installed
- Install R
For GNU/Linux R is packaged for many distributions. For
example, on http://www.debian.orgDebian GNU/Linux install
the packages with:
Debian: $ wajig install r-recommended
For MS/Windows the binary distribution can be obtained from
the http://www.r-project.orgR Project website. Download the
self-installing package and open it.
MS/Windows: run R-2.4.0-win32.exe
For Mac/OSX you can also download the package from CRAN and
For All installations, to check if you have R installed,
start up a Terminal and enter the command R (that's just
the capital letter R). If the response is that the command is not
found, then you probably need to install the R application!
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Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
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Type 'q()' to quit R.
- Install RGtk2
This package is available on CRAN and
from the http://www.ggobi.org/rgtk2/RGtk2 web site. From R,
R: > install.packages("RGtk2")
Or to install the most recent release:
R: > install.packages("RGtk2",repos="http://www.ggobi.org/r/")
On GNU/Linux you can generally just install the appropriate
package. On Debian this is done with:
Debain: $ wajig install r-cran-gtk2
On Mac/OSX run the command line install, after downloading
the source package from
Mac/OSX: $ R CMD INSTALL RGtk2_2.8.6.tar.gz
You may not be able to compile RGtk2 via the R GUI on Mac/OSX as the
GTK libraries can not be found when gcc is called. Once
installed though, R will detect the package; just don't try to
load it within the GUI as GTK is not a native OSX application and it
For All installations, to test whether you have RGtk2
installed enter the R command
- Install R Packages
The following additional R packages are used by Rattle, and
without them some functionality will be missing. Rattle will
gracefully handle them being missing so there is no need to install
them all, or to install them all at once. If you perform an action
where Rattle indicates a package is missing, you can then install
the package. Type ?install.packages at the R prompt for
further help on installing packages.
R: > install.packages(c("ada", "arules", "bitops", "cba",
"combinat", "doBy", "ellipse", "fBasics", "fpc",
"gdata", "gplots", "gtools", "Hmisc", "kernlab",
"MASS", "network", "randomForest", "rggobi", "RODBC",
"ROCR", "rpart", "XML"))
- Install Rattle
From within R you can install Rattle
directly from CRAN with:
R: > install.packages("rattle")
An alternative is to install the most recent release from Togaware:
R: > install.packages("rattle",
You can also download the rattle package directly from
http://rattle.togaware.com. Download either the
.tar.gz file for GNU/Linux and Mac/OSX, or the
.zip file for MS/Windows, and then install with, for
R: > install.packages("rattle_2.2.10.zip", repos=NULL)
Alternatively, for example on Mac/OSX, you can do the following:
Mac: R CMD INSTALL rattle_2.2.10.tar.gz
- Start Rattle
Within a terminal on GNU/Linux, or from an XTerminal in Mac/OSX, or
by running Rgui.exe on MS/Windows (we call all these, generically,
the R Console), you can load the rattle package into R's
This loads the Rattle functionality (which is also available without
running the Rattle GUI). To start the Rattle GUI simply run the
The main Rattle window will be displayed. You will see a welcoming
message and a hint about using Rattle.
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