To import a text file into R:
read.csv("Path where the TXT file is stored\\File Name.txt")
Next, you’ll see a simple example with the steps to import a text file into R.
Steps to Import a Text file into R
Step 1: Prepare the text file
To start, let’s prepare a simple text file (called ‘Products‘) with the following data:
Step 2: Capture the path of the file
Next, capture the full path where the file is stored on your computer.
For demonstration purposes, let’s assume that the file is stored under the following path:
Note the two portions highlighted in that path:
- The blue portion represents the file name to be imported. In our example, the file name is ‘Products‘
- The green portion represents the file type, which is .txt
Also note that a double backslash (‘\\’) was used within the path name to avoid errors in the path.
Step 3: Import the text file into R
Finally, use the following syntax (adjusted to your path) to import the text file into R:
Here are the results that you’ll get:
product price 1 computer 800 2 monitor 450 3 keyboard 100 4 printer 150 5 tablet 300
Alternatively, you may check the following guide for the steps to export a DataFrame to a text file in R.