How to Print a Data Frame as PDF or txt File in R (Example Code)

In this tutorial, I’ll show how to return a nicely-formatted data frame as PDF or txt file in R programming.

Example Data

data(iris)                       # Iris data set
iris_head <- head(iris)          # First six rows of iris
iris_head                        # Print Iris to console
#   Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width Species
# 1          5.1         3.5          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 2          4.9         3.0          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 3          4.7         3.2          1.3         0.2  setosa
# 4          4.6         3.1          1.5         0.2  setosa
# 5          5.0         3.6          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 6          5.4         3.9          1.7         0.4  setosa

Example: Return Nicely-Formatted Data Frame as PDF

install.packages("gridExtra")      # Install gridExtra package
library("gridExtra")               # Load gridExtra
pdf("iris_gridExtra.pdf")        # Save PDF-file
grid.table(iris_head)
dev.off()

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