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rnaturalearth (development version)

  • rnaturalearth now requires rnaturalearthdata (>= 1.0.0) and rnaturalearthhires (>= 1.0.0).

  type = "MSR_50M",
  category = "raster",
  scale = 50,
  load = TRUE

rnaturalearth 1.0.1

CRAN release: 2023-12-15

  • Do not test functions who rely on rnaturalearthhires because it is not available on CRAN.

rnaturalearth 1.0.0

CRAN release: 2023-12-12

Breaking changes

This is a breaking changes release that ends support to sp object in favour of more modern interfaces (sf and terra). Although that sp is still available on CRAN, it is no longer being actively developed ( This is the main reason that motivated the choice to transition toward sf (the default) and terra.

Users can choose either get an sf or SpatVector using the returnclass argument:

ne_countries(returnclass = "sf")
ne_countries(returnclass = "sv")

Affected functions are ne_countries(), ne_coastline(), ne_states(), ne_load() and ne_download().

If changing the return type to sf creates too many problems to your existing code, you can still convert it back to sp :

countries <- ne_countries(returnclass = "sf")

# option 1

# option 2
as(countries, "Spatial")

More information about the retirement of rgdal, rgeos and maptools:


  • Correctly downloading and reading raster object (#96, closes #52).

rnaturalearth 0.3.4

CRAN release: 2023-08-21

  • This is a maintenance release that document/use the new special sentinel “_PACKAGE”.

rnaturalearth 0.3.3

CRAN release: 2023-06-06

  • Using lifecycle to indicate that support of sp object will be eventually dropped. Users should now use ne_download(returnclass = "sf"), instead of ne_download(returnclass = "sp").

  • terra is now included in the Imports section.

rnaturalearth 0.3.2

CRAN release: 2023-01-23

rnaturalearth 0.3.0 2021-10-11

  • fix rnaturalearthhires installation #47 thank you Ian Taylor for #43

rnaturalearth 0.2.0

  • add to river options in ne_download() by adding to data_list_physical.csv fixing #23
  • update data to new version Natural Earth v4.1 released May 2018.

rnaturalearth 0.1.0 CRAN

CRAN release: 2017-03-21

  • Initial release
  • sf support