Open a file in RStudio, optionally at a specified location.

  file = character(0),
  line = -1L,
  column = -1L,
  moveCursor = TRUE



The file to be opened.


The line number where the cursor should be placed. When -1L (the default), the cursor will not be moved.


The column number where the cursour should be placed. When -1L (the default), the cursor will not be moved.


Boolean; should the cursor be moved to the requested (line, column) position? Set this to FALSE to preserve the existing cursor position in the document.


The navigateToFile opens a file in RStudio. If the file is already open, its tab or window is activated.

Once the file is open, the cursor is moved to the specified location. If the file argument is empty (the default), then the file is the file currently in view if one exists. If the line and column arguments are both equal to -1L (the default), then the cursor position in the document that is opened will be preserved. Alternatively, moveCursor can be set to FALSE to preserve the cursor position.

Note that if your intent is to navigate to a particular function within a file, you can also cause RStudio to navigate there by invoking View on the function, which has the advantage of falling back on deparsing if the file is not available.


The navigateToFile function was added in version 0.99.719 of RStudio.