R for Windows


base Binaries for base distribution (managed by Duncan Murdoch). This is what you want to install R for the first time.
contrib Binaries of contributed packages (managed by Uwe Ligges). There is also information on third party software available for CRAN Windows services and corresponding environment and make variables.
Rtools Tools to build R and R packages (managed by Duncan Murdoch). This is what you want to build your own packages on Windows, or to build R itself.

Please do not submit binaries to CRAN. Package developers might want to contact Duncan Murdoch or Uwe Ligges directly in case of questions / suggestions related to Windows binaries.

You may also want to read the R FAQ and R for Windows FAQ.

Note: CRAN does some checks on these binaries for viruses, but cannot give guarantees. Use the normal precautions with downloaded executables.