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r2rtf is an R package to create production-ready tables and figures in RTF format. The package is designed with these principles:

  • Provide simple “verb” functions that correspond to each component of a table, to help you translate data frame(s) to a table in RTF file.
  • Functions are chainable with pipes (%>%).
  • Only focus on table format.
    • Data manipulation and analysis should be handled by other R packages, for example, tidyverse.
  • Minimize package dependency.

The R for clinical study reports and submission book provides tutorials by using real world examples.


You can install the package via CRAN:

Or, install from GitHub:


Highlighted features

The R package r2rtf provides flexibility to enable features below:

  • Create highly customized RTF tables and figures ready for production.
  • Simple to use parameters and data structure.
    • Customized column header: split by "|".
    • Three required parameters for the output tables (data, filename, column relative width).
    • Flexible and detail control of table structure.
  • Format control in cell, row, column and table level for:
    • Border Type: single, double, dash, dot, etc.
    • Alignment: left, right, center, decimal.
    • Column width.
    • Text appearance: bold, italics, strikethrough, underline and any combinations.
    • Font size.
    • Text and border color (657 different colors named in color() function).
    • Special characters: any character in UTF-8 encoding (e.g., Greek, Symbol, Chinese, Japanese, Korean).
  • Append several tables into one file.
  • Pagination.
  • Built-in raw data for validation.

Simple example


head(iris) %>%
  rtf_body() %>% # Step 1 Add attributes
  rtf_encode() %>% # Step 2 Convert attributes to RTF encode
  write_rtf(file = "ex-tbl.rtf") # Step 3 Write to a .rtf file
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Example efficacy table

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Example safety table

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If you use this software, please cite it as below.

Wang, S., Ye, S., Anderson, K., & Zhang, Y. (2020). r2rtf—an R Package to Produce Rich Text Format (RTF) Tables and Figures. PharmaSUG.

A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is

  title     = {{r2rtf}---an {R} Package to Produce {Rich Text Format} ({RTF}) Tables and Figures},
  author    = {Wang, Siruo and Ye, Simiao and Anderson, Keaven M and Zhang, Yilong},
  booktitle = {PharmaSUG},
  year      = {2020},
  url       = {}