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While using a built-in dataset for a reprex is ideal, sometimes you need to troubleshoot code with a bit of outside data. Meet datapasta, a package by Miles McBain for “reducing resistance associated with copying and pasting data to and from R.” Like reprex, datapasta has addin functionality, so you can select commands from the RStudio Addins and/or associate keyboard shortcuts with them for easy use.

Scenario 1: From spreadsheet to reprex with tribble_paste()

It’s easy to copy and paste nicely formatted data from a spreadsheet with datapasta’s tribble_paste() functionality. I’ve found the simplest method to be:

  1. Copy data from a source onto your clipboard.
  2. Click Paste as tribble from the datapasta section of the RStudio Addins drop-down.
  3. Be sure to assign your data frame to a name, so you can use it elsewhere in your reprex.
Gif of using datapasta::tribble_paste() to get data from a spreadsheet as R code for use in a reprex


While the output of tribble_paste() doesn’t have the same level of detail it would with dput(), it works well enough for most scenarios, with the added benefit of being easy to read on the screen.

Scenario 2: From R object to tibble with dpasta()

Now let’s say you have a data frame in R that you want to use in a reprex. You can use datapasta’s dpasta() function to render your object into the same format as the result of tribble_paste(), above.

Gif of using datapasta::dpasta() to convert an R data frame into the R code needed to define it in a reprex



There’s more to datapasta than discussed here, so be sure to check out its documentation. Don’t forget, when it comes to reprex, less is always more, so wield the power of datapasta wisely.