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. RStudio (overview) is a popular 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.

Once installed, load the ‘TreeSearch’ package into R using


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