How to Write a Graph as EPS File in R (2 Examples)

In this tutorial, I’ll show how to save a graphic as EPS file in the R programming language.

Preparing the Examples

data(iris)                          # Loading iris data set
head(iris)
                         #   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 1: Export Plot as EPS File Using Base R

setEPS() # Export EPS file
postscript("iris_base_r.eps")
plot(iris$Sepal.Length, iris$Sepal.Width)
dev.off()

Example 2: Export Plot as EPS File Using ggplot2 Package

install.packages("ggplot2")         # Install ggplot2 package
library("ggplot2")                  # Load ggplot2 package
ggplot(iris,                        # Drawing graphic in ggplot2
       aes(x = Sepal.Length,
           y = Sepal.Width)) +
  geom_point()

r graph figure 1 write graph as eps file

ggsave(file = "iris_ggplot2.eps") # Export EPS file

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