[R] IRkernel Installation Issues

Paul Bernal paulbernal07 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 14:42:06 CET 2017

Dear friends,

Great news! I was able to install the IRkernel successfully and I am now
able to create R notebooks in Jupyter. Just in case anybody out there is
struggling with this too, here is what I did (I have Windows 8, but it will
probably work for Mac OS X as well):

1-Go to the page https://irkernel.github.io/installation
2-Open the R console (I have R version 3.3.2)
3-Go to the step where it says "Installing via supplied binary packages
(default on Windows + Mac OS X)
4-Instead of installing all the packages using one single command as
suggested in the installation instructions, go to the R console and install
all of the packages one by one, as follows
5-Connect to a CRAN mirror and select install packages, look for the
package githubinstall and clic on it to install it
6-Start loading each one of the packages installed like this:
7-After this you have to update jsonlite which is a dependencie of package
githubinstall, you update jsonlite using the following command:
8-After this, you have to type the following commands:
 >set_config(use_proxy(url="the required IP", port=8080, username="your
network user", password="the password you use to unlock your computer"))
 >#you can get the required IP going to the command prompt and using the
command ping
 >#port has to be 8080
9-type use the command:
10-Last but not least, type the following command:

If you follow this instructions you should be able to install the IRkernel
successfully and start writing R notebooks in Jupyter.

Hope this helps,


2017-01-05 16:12 GMT-05:00 David Winsemius <dwinsemius at comcast.net>:

> > On Jan 5, 2017, at 11:16 AM, Paul Bernal <paulbernal07 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > I tried to get the IRkernel going doing the following:
> >
> > install.packages(c('repr', 'IRdisplay', 'evaluate', 'crayon', 'pbdZMQ',
> > 'devtools', 'uuid', 'digest'))
> >
> > then taking care of proxy settings by doing:
> >
> > library(devtools)
> >
> > library(httr)
> >
> > set_config(use_proxy(url="",port=8080,username="user",password="pswrd"))
> >
> > then installed package install_github
> >
> > then called library(githubinstall)
> >
> > finally install_github(('IRkernel')
> The mismatch of parentheses makes me doubt this was an exact copy. I
> believe the username referred to in the error refers to the username of the
> author, not your username. Notice the form of all the examples on
> `?install_github` are of the form:  install_github("klutometis/roxygen")
>  Why are you not trying the code suggested on the github page:
> https://github.com/IRkernel/IRkernel
>  install_github('IRkernel/IRkernel')
> (Worked for me on a Mac. No other username or pwd needed)
> >
> > However the following error popped up: "Error in username %||%
> > getOption("github.user") %||% stop("Unknown username.") :
> >  Unknown username.
> >
> > Any idea what could be wrong? I tried with buth my network username and
> > password and my github username and password without any success.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Paul
> >
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