The gsl R package: a wrapper for the GSL C library

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The gsl R package is a wrapper for the GSL C library (note capitalization). You can get further information on GSL at

Installation from CRAN

You can install the released version of the gsl R package from CRAN by typing



at the R command prompt.

Installation from source

Installing the gsl R package from source requires you to install the GSL C library first. About 80% of reports to me about gsl are due to people not understanding what this means.

Before reporting any “bugs”, ensure that you can compile and run a simple test program such as the example program near the start of the GSL Reference Manual. It is not the purpose of this document to show people how to install GSL: for this, visit

You will need at least GSL version 2.5: using earlier versions generally gives errors such as

error: too few arguments to function ‘gsl_sf_ellint_D_e’

About 20% of reports to me about gsl are due to an insufficient version of GSL.

Further information

For more detail on package structure and design philosophy, see the package vignette