How to Remove Quotes from Strings in R (3 Methods)


There are three common ways to remove quotes from strings in R:

Method 1: Use print()

print(some_strings, quote=FALSE)

Method 2: Use noquote()

noquote(some_strings)

Method 3: Use cat()

cat(some_strings)

The following examples show how to use each method with the following vector of strings:

#define vector of strings
some_strings <- c("hey", "these", "are", "some", "strings")

#view vector
some_strings

[1] "hey"     "these"   "are"     "some"    "strings"

Notice that the strings are printed with quotes by default.

Example 1: Remove Quotes from Strings Using print()

The following code shows how to use the print() function to print the strings with the quotes removed:

#print vector of strings without quotes
print(some_strings, quote=FALSE)

[1] hey     these   are     some    strings

Example 2: Remove Quotes from Strings Using noquote()

The following code shows how to use the noquote() function to print the strings with the quotes removed:

#print vector of strings without quotes
noquote(some_strings)

[1] hey     these   are     some    strings

Example 3: Remove Quotes from Strings Using cat()

The following code shows how to use the cat() function to print the strings with the quotes removed:

#print vector of strings without quotes
cat(some_strings)

hey these are some strings

You can also use the \n argument to print each string without quotes on a new line:

#print vector of strings without quotes each on a new line
cat(paste(some_strings, "\n"))

hey 
these 
are 
some 
strings 

Notice that each string in the vector is printed on a new line.

Additional Resources

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

How to Remove Characters from String in R
How to Find Location of Character in a String in R
How to Remove Spaces from Strings in R

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