Cairo: R graphics device using cairo graphics library for creating high-quality bitmap (PNG, JPEG, TIFF), vector (PDF, SVG, PostScript) and display (X11 and Win32) output

Cairo graphics device that can be use to create high-quality vector (PDF, PostScript and SVG) and bitmap output (PNG,JPEG,TIFF), and high-quality rendering in displays (X11 and Win32). Since it uses the same back-end for all output, copying across formats is WYSIWYG. Files are created without the dependence on X11 or other external programs. This device supports alpha channel (semi-transparent drawing) and resulting images can contain transparent and semi-transparent regions. It is ideal for use in server environments (file output) and as a replacement for other devices that don't have Cairo's capabilities such as alpha support or anti-aliasing. Backends are modular such that any subset of backends is supported.

Version: 1.5-9
Depends: R (≥ 2.4.0)
Imports: grDevices, graphics
Suggests: png
Enhances: FastRWeb
Published: 2015-09-26
Author: Simon Urbanek, Jeffrey Horner
Maintainer: Simon Urbanek <Simon.Urbanek at>
License: GPL-2
NeedsCompilation: yes
SystemRequirements: cairo (>= 1.2
Materials: NEWS
In views: Graphics
CRAN checks: Cairo results


Reference manual: Cairo.pdf
Package source: Cairo_1.5-9.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
OS X Snow Leopard binaries: r-release: Cairo_1.5-8.tgz, r-oldrel: Cairo_1.5-5.tgz
OS X Mavericks binaries: r-release: Cairo_1.5-9.tgz
Old sources: Cairo archive

Reverse dependencies:

Reverse depends: abn, EasyStrata, sparkTable, tourrGui
Reverse imports: FastRWeb, SGP, VIMGUI
Reverse suggests: aroma.core, corclass, R2SWF, R.devices, shiny