Question: can not install Bioconductor on R studio
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9 months ago by
mikysyc201630 wrote:

Hi all, I can not install Bioconductor on R. Please see below. And I try different method, or use Bioconductor Website command. All of them do not work.

install.packages("bioconductor") Installing package into ‘/home/yachen/R/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-library/3.4’ (as ‘lib’ is unspecified) Warning in install.packages : package ‘bioconductor’ is not available (for R version 3.4.4)

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 9 months ago by Kevin Blighe39k • written 9 months ago by mikysyc201630
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9 months ago by
Kevin Blighe39k
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Kevin Blighe39k wrote:

Update 9th January 2019:

From Bioc 3.8 (I believe), the new way to install Bioconductor base packages is like this:

if (!requireNamespace("BiocManager"))

Individual packages are then installed with:

BiocManager::install(c("GenomicFeatures", "AnnotationDbi"))

et cetera




Old post:

Hello and good evening wherever you are,

Bioconductor is not a package. It is a consortium / environment that maintains many R packages.

When you run R, you can 'connect' to the Bioconductor 'server' with:




After that, running biocLite() will update many fundamental R packages to their latest versions.

Running biocLite() with a package name as parameter will search for and install that package. For example:


You can then load the package's function into R via:




Packages can also be installed via CRAN with the install.packages() function, but CRAN does not seem to maintain their R packages as well as Bioconductor. On many occasions, CRAN will say that a particular package for your version of R does not exist, when it may already exist via Bioconductor.

Remember that Bioconductor is just a consortium. There are people behind that consortium who work hard to keep packages updated.


ADD COMMENTlink modified 10 weeks ago • written 9 months ago by Kevin Blighe39k

Hi, Thank you for your reply. I still can not run.

biocLite() BioC_mirror: Using Bioconductor 3.6 (BiocInstaller 1.28.0), R 3.4.4 (2018-03-15). installation path not writeable, unable to update packages: cluster, foreign, MASS, Matrix, nlme, survival

ADD REPLYlink written 9 months ago by mikysyc201630

Please read the error log: installation path is not writeable.

Please check the path permission.

ADD REPLYlink written 9 months ago by shenwei3564.5k
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