The following graphics devices are currently available:
postscriptWrites PostScript graphics commands to a file
xfigDevice for XFIG graphics file format
bitmapbitmap pseudo-device via
pictexWrites TeX/PicTeX graphics commands to a file (of historical interest only)
The following devices will be functional if R was compiled to use them (they exist but will return with a warning on other systems):
If no device is open, using a high-level graphics function will cause a device to be opened. Which device is given by
options("device") which is initially set as the most appropriate for each platform: a screen device for most interactive use and
pdf() is used.
It is possible for an R package to provide further graphics devices and several packages on CRAN do so. These include other devices outputting SVG and PGF/TiKZ (TeX-based graphics, see http://pgf.sourceforge.net/).
Documentation reproduced from R 3.0.2. License: GPL-2.