What is a .RDA File And How To Open It – The R Project for Statistical Computing (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .rda extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .rda file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .RDA file?

The file extension .RDA is R Data File. The developer of this file extension is The R Project for Statistical Computing. This data related file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .rda file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .RDA file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .RDA file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .RDA file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .rda file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the RStudio software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use R and RStudio software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .RDA file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the RStudio software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .RDA file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .rda file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the RStudio software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: R and RStudio.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .RDA file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the RStudio software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .RDA file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .rda file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the RStudio software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: R and RStudio.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .RDA file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the RStudio software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .RDA file?

If you are still unable to open the .RDA file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .RDA file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .rda – Ubisoft Entertainment. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .RDA file with the RStudio, R programs on Windows, RStudio, R programs on Mac and RStudio, R software on Linux.