Install all R packages used in the code

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Here is a one-liner I use to install all R dependencies of a script. It is especially useful if you need to run your code on a server or cluster.

perl -lne '/library\((.*)\)/ && print $1' *.R *.Rmd | xargs Rscript -e 'install.packages(commandArgs(T), repos = "")'

An alternative is to use p_load from the pacman package in your R scripts instead of library.

See also the discussion in Elegant way to check for missing packages and install them?.