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rstudio / bookdown


Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown



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A open-source (GPL-3) R package to facilitate writing books and long-form articles/reports with R Markdown. Features include:

  • Generate printer-ready books and ebooks from R Markdown documents
  • A markup language easier to learn than LaTeX, and to write elements such as section headers, lists, quotes, figures, tables, and citations
  • Multiple choices of output formats: PDF, LaTeX, HTML, EPUB, and Word.
  • Possibility of including dynamic graphics and interactive applications (HTML widgets and Shiny apps)
  • Support for languages other than R, including C/C++, Python, and SQL, etc.
  • LaTeX equations, theorems, and proofs work for all output formats
  • Can be published to GitHub,, and any web servers
  • Integrated with the RStudio IDE
  • One-click publishing to

Full documentation at, and see "Get Started" at to know how to get started with writing a book. You are welcome to send us feedback using Github issues or ask questions on StackOverflow with the bookdown tag.