# Top 20 R packages by popularity

Wondering which are the most popular R packages? Here's an analysis based on most downloaded R packages from Jan to May 2015 to identify the top trending packages in the R world!

The CRAN Package repository features 6778 active packages. Which of these should you know? Here is an analysis of the daily download logs of the CRAN mirror from Jan-May 2015. See a link to full data at the bottom of the post.

Most of these R packages are favorites of Kagglers, endorsed by many authors, rated based on one package's dependency on other packages, some of them gained mentions on Quora and on various R blogs.

They are also rated & reviewed by users as a crowdsourced solution by Crantastic.org. We also present the CRANtastic rating of few packages here only to represent that it is gaining popularity. However, some of these packages have user ratings that are too few to be based on for analysis and hence, for these we omitted the ratings.

Let us explore the list based on the number of downloads!

For completeness, here is data on 135 R package downloads, from Jan to May 2015.

Did we miss your favorites? Light up this space and contribute to the R community by letting us know which R packages you use!!

Most of these R packages are favorites of Kagglers, endorsed by many authors, rated based on one package's dependency on other packages, some of them gained mentions on Quora and on various R blogs.

They are also rated & reviewed by users as a crowdsourced solution by Crantastic.org. We also present the CRANtastic rating of few packages here only to represent that it is gaining popularity. However, some of these packages have user ratings that are too few to be based on for analysis and hence, for these we omitted the ratings.

Let us explore the list based on the number of downloads!

**Rcpp**Seamless R and C++ Integration*(693288 downloads, 3.2/5 by 10 users)***ggplot2**An Implementation of the Grammar of Graphics*(598484 downloads, 4.0/5 by 82 users)***stringr**Simple, Consistent Wrappers for Common String Operations.*(543434 downloads, 4.1/5 by 18 users)***plyr**Tools for Splitting, Applying and Combining Data*(523220 downloads, 3.8/5 by 65 users)***digest**Create Cryptographic Hash Digests of R Objects.*(521344 downloads)***reshape2**Flexibly Reshape Data: A Reboot of the Reshape Package*(483065 downloads, 4.1/5 by 18 users)***colorspace**Color Space Manipulation*(476304 downloads, 4.0/5 by 2 users)***RColorBrewer**ColorBrewer Palettes*(453858 downloads, 4.0/5 by 17 users)***manipulate**Interactive Plots for RStudio.*(395232 downloads)***scales**Scale Functions for Visualization*(394389 downloads)***labeling**Axis Labeling*(373374 downloads )***proto**Prototype object-based programming.*(369096 downloads)***munsell**Munsell colour system.*(368949 downloads)***gtable**Arrange grobs in tables*(364015 downloads)***dichromat**Color Schemes for Dichromats*(362562 downloads)***mime**Map Filenames to MIME Types.*(352780 downloads)***RCurl**General network (HTTP/FTP/...) client interface for R.*(340530 downloads, 4.2/5 by 11 users)***bitops**Bitwise Operations*(322743 downloads)***zoo**S3 Infrastructure for Regular and Irregular Time Series (Z's Ordered Observations)*(302052 downloads, 3.8/5 by 11 users)***knitr**A General-Purpose Package for Dynamic Report Generation in R.*(295528 downloads)*

For completeness, here is data on 135 R package downloads, from Jan to May 2015.

Did we miss your favorites? Light up this space and contribute to the R community by letting us know which R packages you use!!

**Bio:** **Bhavya Geethika** is pursuing a masters in Management Information Systems at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her areas of interests include Statistics & Data Mining for Business, Machine learning and Data-Driven Marketing.

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