qiime2R installation issue

Dear @jbisanz,

I have a problem with the installation of package. Namely, when I try to install it using "devtools::install_github(“jbisanz/qiime2R” I get the following error:

WARNING: Rtools is required to build R packages, but is not currently installed.

Please download and install Rtools custom from http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/Rtools/.
Skipping install of ‘qiime2R’ from a github remote, the SHA1 (4c2abcd1) has not changed since last install.
Use force = TRUE to force installation

Then I try to install Rtools, as recommended by the previous output, and I get the following result:

install.packages(“rtools”)
WARNING: Rtools is required to build R packages but is not currently installed. Please download and install the appropriate version of Rtools before proceeding:

https://cran.rstudio.com/bin/windows/Rtools/
Installing package into ‘C:/Users/u0114295/Documents/R/win-library/3.6’
(as ‘lib’ is unspecified)
Warning in install.packages :
package ‘rtools’ is not available (for R version 3.6.1)

so it seems I cannot install rtools because the last version of it was for R 3.5.

Is there a way around this issue?

Thanks a lot for your help!!!

Cheers,
Pablo

It would appear that rtools is not a r package but a separate piece of software that can be installed outside of R. This post may be helpful for using rtools3.5 with r 3.6.1: https://community.rstudio.com/t/errors-in-rtool-installations/35689