There are some great instructions here but there are a few gotchas to be aware of. Follow these instructions first, and it will make the process a LOT easier: 1. Make sure you have these dependancies installed. If you don't, you're going to have trouble installing any R packages like R curl, tidyverse, devtools, etc sudo apt install libssl-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libxml2-dev 2. Remove any existing R install. sudo apt remove r-base* --purge 3. Remove any remaining packages. It's better to install them "fresh". They will be in locations like /home/user/R/R-3.6.6 and /usr/lib/R/library/ 4. Remove any existing entry for R in the etc/apt/sources.list to install an older R version. sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list For example you might have something like this: deb https://cloud.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu bionic-cran35/ 5. Then follow the DigitalOcean instructions here and you should be set up in just a few minutes.