Installing R and TreeSearch

Martin R. Smith


TreeSearch is an R package that allows parsimony search on morphological datasets.


Simple installation

To use TreeSearch you will first need to install R. Many people like to use Rstudio (overview), which is a front-end that makes several of R’s features easier to use.

The TreeSearch package can be installed as any other package. To get the latest stable version from CRAN, type


into the R (or Rstudio) command line.

For advanced users

To get the latest development version from GitHub, type

if (!require('devtools')) install.packages('devtools')

You’ll probably need to install Rtools before installing from the GitHub source code, which may be complicated.

If you do already have Rtools installed, then you may wish to install a byte-compiled version of ape for additional speed:

install.packages('ape', type='source', INSTALL_opts='--byte-compile')

Once installed, load the inapplicable package into R using


What next?

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