ECOL 8030 students will need their own laptops set up with RStudio by the first week and git by a week TBD.


Download and install the R base system. I recommend you use the R studio to work with the base system.



  1. Download the Git for Windows installer.
  2. Run the installer and follow the steps bellow:
    1. Click on “Next”.
    2. Click on “Next”.
    3. Click on “Next”.
    4. Click on “Next”.
    5. Click on “Next”.
    6. Select “Use Git from the Windows Command Prompt” and click on “Next”. If you forgot to do this programs that you need for the workshop will not work properly. If this happens rerun the installer and select the appropriate option.
    7. Click on “Next”. Keep “Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings” selected.
    8. Select “Use Windows’ default console window” and click on “Next”.
    9. Click on “Next”.
    10. Click on “Finish”.

Mac OS X

  1. Open up the Terminal, type in “git” and press enter.
  2. This should cause a pop-up window to appear. It will have several options; click on “Install” (not “Get Xcode”, see “Installing Xcode” for that).
  3. Click “Agree”.
  4. When the install is finished, click “Done”.
  5. To make sure this worked, type in “git” in the Terminal and press enter. Some information will come up, including a list of common commands.

If this doesn’t work you can try the following:

For OS X 10.9 and higher, install Git for Mac by downloading and running the most recent “mavericks” installer from this list. After installing Git, there will not be anything in your /Applications folder, as Git is a command line program. For older versions of OS X (10.5-10.8) use the most recent available installer labelled “snow-leopard” available here


Git is probably already installed. If it is not already available on your machine you can try to install it via your distro’s package manager. For Debian/Ubuntu run sudo apt-get install git and for Fedora run sudo yum install git.