[R] Have you used RGoogleDocs and RGoogleData?

Duncan Temple Lang duncan at wald.ucdavis.edu
Sat Dec 12 01:07:02 CET 2009

Hi Farrel

 I have taken a look at the problems using RGoogleDocs to read
spreadsheets and was able to reproduce the problem I believe you
were having. A few minor, but important, changes and I can read
spreadsheets again and apparently still other types of documents.

I have put an updated version of the source of the package with
these changes. It is available from


There is a binary for Windows  in

Hopefully  this will cure the problems you have been experiencing.
I'd appreciate knowing either way.



Farrel Buchinsky wrote:
> Both of these applications fulfill a great need of mine: to read data
> directly from google spreadsheets that are private to myself and one or two
> collaborators. Thanks to the authors. I had been using RGoogleDocs for the
> about 6 months (maybe more) but have had to stop using it in the past month
> since for some reason that I do not understand it no longer reads google
> spreadsheets. I loved it. Its loss depresses me. I started using RGoogleData
> which works.
> I have noticed that both packages read data slowly. RGoogleData is much
> slower than RGoogleDocs used to be. Both seem a lot slower than if one
> manually downloaded a google spreadsheet as a csv and then used read.csv
> function - but then I would not be able to use scripts and execute without
> finding and futzing.
> Can anyone explain in English why these packages read slower than a csv
> download?
> Can anyone explain what the core difference is between the two packages?
> Can anyone share their experience with reading Google data straight into R?
> Farrel Buchinsky
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