base (version 3.4.0)

commandArgs: Extract Command Line Arguments


Provides access to a copy of the command line arguments supplied when this R session was invoked.


commandArgs(trailingOnly = FALSE)


logical. Should only arguments after --args be returned?


A character vector containing the name of the executable and the user-supplied command line arguments. The first element is the name of the executable by which R was invoked. The exact form of this element is platform dependent: it may be the fully qualified name, or simply the last component (or basename) of the application, or for an embedded R it can be anything the programmer supplied. If trailingOnly = TRUE, a character vector of those arguments (if any) supplied after --args.


These arguments are captured before the standard R command line processing takes place. This means that they are the unmodified values. This is especially useful with the --args command-line flag to R, as all of the command line after that flag is skipped.

See Also

Startup BATCH


Run this code
## Spawn a copy of this application as it was invoked,
## subject to shell quoting issues
## system(paste(commandArgs(), collapse = " "))

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