How to Check which Package Version is Loaded in R

You can use the following functions to check which package version is loaded in R:

#display package version

#display the date when this package version was released

#display description of the package

The following example shows how to use these functions in practice.

Example: Check which Package Version is Loaded in R

Suppose we load the ggplot2 package in our current R environment:


We can use the packageVersion() function to check which version of ggplot2 is loaded:

#display package version

[1] '3.3.2'

We can see that version 3.2.2 is loaded.

To find out when this version was released, we can use the packageDate() function:

#display the date when this package version was released

[1] "2020-06-17"

We can see that this version was released on June 17, 2020.

And to view a description of the package, we can use the packageDescription() function:

#display description of the package

Package: ggplot2
Version: 3.3.2
Title: Create Elegant Data Visualisations Using the Grammar of Graphics
Description: A system for 'declaratively' creating graphics, based on
        "The Grammar of Graphics". You provide the data, tell 'ggplot2'
        how to map variables to aesthetics, what graphical primitives
        to use, and it takes care of the details.
Authors@R: c( person("Hadley", "Wickham", , "",
        "aut", comment = c(ORCID = "0000-0003-4757-117X")),
        person("Winston", "Chang", , role = "aut", comment = c(ORCID =
        "0000-0002-1576-2126")), person("Lionel", "Henry", , role =
        "aut"), person("Thomas Lin", "Pedersen", ,
        "", role = c("aut", "cre"), comment
        = c(ORCID = "0000-0002-5147-4711")), person("Kohske",
        "Takahashi", role = "aut"), person("Claus", "Wilke", role =
        "aut", comment = c(ORCID = "0000-0002-7470-9261")),
        person("Kara", "Woo", role = "aut", comment = c(ORCID =
        "0000-0002-5125-4188")), person("Hiroaki", "Yutani", role =
        "aut", comment = c(ORCID = "0000-0002-3385-7233")),
        person("Dewey", "Dunnington", role = "aut", comment = c(ORCID =
        "0000-0002-9415-4582")), person("RStudio", role = c("cph",
        "fnd")) )
Depends: R (>= 3.2)
Imports: digest, glue, grDevices, grid, gtable (>= 0.1.1), isoband,
        MASS, mgcv, rlang (>= 0.3.0), scales (>= 0.5.0), stats, tibble,
        withr (>= 2.0.0)
Suggests: covr, dplyr, ggplot2movies, hexbin, Hmisc, knitr, lattice,
        mapproj, maps, maptools, multcomp, munsell, nlme, profvis,
        quantreg, RColorBrewer, rgeos, rmarkdown, rpart, sf (>= 0.7-3),
        svglite (>=, testthat (>= 2.1.0), vdiffr (>= 0.3.0)
Enhances: sp
License: GPL-2 | file LICENSE
LazyData: true
Collate: 'ggproto.r' 'ggplot-global.R' 'aaa-.r'
        'aes-colour-fill-alpha.r' .....
VignetteBuilder: knitr
Encoding: UTF-8
NeedsCompilation: no
Packaged: 2020-06-17 06:03:58 UTC; thomas
Author: Hadley Wickham [aut] (<>),
        Winston Chang [aut] (<>),
        Lionel Henry [aut], Thomas Lin Pedersen [aut, cre]
        (<>), Kohske Takahashi
        [aut], Claus Wilke [aut]
        (<>), Kara Woo [aut]
        (<>), Hiroaki Yutani [aut]
        (<>), Dewey Dunnington
        [aut] (<>), RStudio [cph,
Maintainer: Thomas Lin Pedersen <>
Repository: CRAN
Date/Publication: 2020-06-19 13:00:03 UTC
Built: R 4.0.3; ; 2020-11-20 18:07:33 UTC; unix

-- File: /usr/lib/R/site-library/ggplot2/Meta/package.rds 

The description includes a brief explanation of what the package does, the authors of the package, where to report bugs, the publication date, and much more.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in R:

How to Clear the Environment in R
How to Check if File Exists in R
How to Use setwd / getwd in R

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