ReporteRs v0.8.10

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint Documents Generation

Create 'Microsoft Word' document (>=2007) and 'Microsoft PowerPoint' document (>=2007) from R. There are several features to let you format and present R outputs ; e.g. Editable Vector Graphics, functions for complex tables reporting, reuse of corporate template document. You can use the package as a tool for fast reporting and as a tool for reporting automation. The package does not require any installation of Microsoft product to be able to write Microsoft files.


ReporteRs R package


ReporteRs is an R package for creating Microsoft Word and Powerpoint documents. It does not require any Microsoft component to be used. It runs on Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac OS systems. It is designed to automate reporting generation from R.

Important note

ReporteRs will be maintained but will not evolve anymore. It has been rewritten with no java dependency:

  • The new package is officer.
  • FlexTable objects are now implemented in package flextable.
  • Vector graphics are now implemented in package rvg
  • Native Microsoft charts can be produced with package mschart


You can use the package as a tool for fast reporting and as a tool for reporting automation.

There are several features to let you format and present R outputs, for example:

  • Editable Vector Graphics: let your readers modify and annotate plots.
  • Tables: FlexTable objects let you format any complex table.
  • Text output: format texts and paragraphs.
  • Reuse of corporate template document (.docx and .pptx).

Produce a document in few lines of codes

There are default templates and default values, it enables easy generation of R outputs in few lines of codes.

Below a short R script:

require( ggplot2 )
doc = docx( title = 'My document' )

doc = addTitle( doc , 'First 5 lines of iris', level = 1)
doc = addFlexTable( doc , vanilla.table(iris[1:5, ]) )

doc = addTitle( doc , 'ggplot2 example', level = 1)
myggplot = qplot(Sepal.Length, Petal.Length, data = iris, color = Species, size = Petal.Width )
doc = addPlot( doc = doc , fun = print, x = myggplot )

doc = addTitle( doc , 'Text example', level = 1)
doc = addParagraph( doc, 'My tailor is rich.', stylename = 'Normal' )

writeDoc( doc, "demo.docx" )

Reporting automation

It lets you also create corporate documents, creation of complex tables, pretty graphical rendering with a set of R functions.

To automate document generation only R code is necessary.

With Word and PowerPoint document, you can add contents from R but also replace contents. By default, content is added at the end of the specified template document. When generating Word document, bookmarks can be used to define locations of replacements in the document. When generating PowerPoint document, slide indexes can be used to define locations of slides to replace in the presentation.


ReporteRs needs rJava with a java version >= 1.6 ; make sure you have an installed JRE.

system("java -version") should return java version ‘1.6.0’ or greater.

Test your rJava installation with the following code, you should get your java version in a string:

#> [1] 0
#> [1] "1.8.0_31"

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Online documentation

The help pages are located at

Getting help

This project is developped and maintained on my own time. In order to help me to maintain the package, do not send me private emails if you only have questions about how to use the package. Instead, visit Stackoverflow, ReporteRs has its own tag Stackoverflow link! I usually read them and answer when possible.

Bug reports

When you file a bug report, please spend some time making it easy for me to follow and reproduce. The more time you spend on making the bug report coherent, the more time I can dedicate to investigate the bug as opposed to the bug report.

Functions in ReporteRs

Name Description
[<-.FlexRow modify FlexRow content
FlexCell Cell object for FlexTable
[<-.FlexTable alter FlexTable content and format
CodeBlock Code Block Object
FlexTable FlexTable creation
add.pot add a paraggraph to an existing set of paragraphs of text
Footnote Create a Footnote
ReporteRs-package ReporteRs: a package to create document from R
addFlexTable Insert a FlexTable into a document object
FlexRow Row object for FlexTable
addFooterRow add footer in a FlexTable
RScript RScript object
addHeaderRow add header in a FlexTable
addColumnBreak Add a column break into a section
addPageBreak Add a page break into a document object
addDocument Add an external document into a document object
addPlot Add a plot into a document object
addDate Insert a date
addParagraph Add a paragraph into a document object
addCodeBlock Add code block into a document object
addParagraph.Footnote Insert a paragraph into a Footnote object
addSlide Add a slide into a document object
addFooter Insert a footer into a document object
addSubtitle Add a subtitle shape into a document object
as.FlexTable R tables as FlexTables
addPageNumber.pptx Insert a page number shape into a document pptx object
addImage Add an external image into a document object
cellProperties Cell formatting properties
is.color color checking
addPageNumber Insert a page number into a document object
addFooter.pptx Insert a footer shape into a document pptx object
light.table light FlexTable shortcut
addRScript Add R script into a document object
as.html get HTML code
colorProperties color properties object
addSection Add a section into a document object
chprop.FlexTable format FlexTable
as.html.pot get HTML code from a pot
chprop Change a formatting properties object
as.FlexTable.sessionInfo get FlexTable from a sessionInfo object
addTOC Add a table of contents into a document object
deleteBookmark delete a bookmark into a docx object
borderProperties border properties object
slide.layouts Get layout names of a document object
addTitle Add a title
slide.layouts.pptx Get layout names of a pptx document
docx Create Microsoft Word document object representation
as.html.FlexTable get HTML code from a FlexTable
print.Footnote print a Footnote
textNormal shortcuts for formatting properties
list_bookmarks List Bookmarks from a Word Document
knit_print.FlexTable FlexTable custom printing function for knitr
setRowsColors applies background colors to rows of a FlexTable
renderFlexTable FlexTable output for shiny
parProperties Paragraph formatting properties
setZebraStyle FlexTable rows zebra striping
list.settings format ordered and unordered lists
+.pot pot concatenation
pptx Create Microsoft PowerPoint document object representation
setFlexTableWidths set columns widths of a FlexTable
deleteBookmarkNextContent delete first content after a bookmark into a docx object
print.FlexTable Print FlexTables
setFlexTableBackgroundColors applies background colors to cells of a FlexTable
pot Piece of Text (formated text)
pot_img Image to be concatenate with pot object
office_web_viewer Office Web Viewer
setFlexTableBorders change grid lines of a FlexTable
styles Get styles names of a document object
map_title map titles styles
setColumnsColors applies background colors to columns of a FlexTable
text_extract Simple Text Extraction From a Word Document
spanFlexTableColumns Span columns within rows
set_of_paragraphs Set of paragraphs of text
toc.options Set TOC options
spanFlexTableRows Span rows within columns
textProperties Text formatting properties
vanilla.table vanilla FlexTable shortcut
writeDoc Write a document object
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Type Package
License GPL-3
SystemRequirements java (>= 6)
NeedsCompilation no
Packaged 2018-03-28 11:24:06 UTC; ripley
X-CRAN-Original-Maintainer David Gohel
X-CRAN-Comment Orphaned on 2018-03-28 as maintainer address bounced.
Repository CRAN
Date/Publication 2018-03-28 11:28:08 UTC

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