Binary packages approach
Before proceeding I need to repeat my points – you can install R 3.6.3 using packages from official repository. Or install R 4.0 from CRAN. And then install here R-package with specified version using commands like shown below:
require(devtools); install_version("ggplot2", version = "0.9.1", repos = "http://cran.r-project.org")
Note: for package names and version consult with R package index.
Manual compilation approach
If you really want to compile older version of R by yourself, then read the next text carefully. Be ready for 900 Mb download and 2200 Mb disk space usage (numbers are shown for fresh system).
To compile older version of R you need to enable source code repositories (deb-src) in Software & Updates (
software-properties-gtk), then download the source code, compile it and install compiled binaries and other components. Use commands below:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get build-dep r-base-dev cd ~/Downloads wget -c https://cran.r-project.org/src/base/R-3/R-3.5.0.tar.gz tar -xf R-3.5.0.tar.gz cd R-3.5.0 ./configure make -j9 sudo make install