The fuzzywuzzyR package is a fuzzy string matching implementation of the fuzzywuzzy python package. It uses the Levenshtein Distance to calculate the differences between sequences. More details on the functionality of fuzzywuzzyR can be found in the blog-post and in the package Vignette.

UPDATE 26-07-2018: A Singularity image file is available in case that someone intends to run fuzzywuzzyR on Ubuntu Linux (locally or in a cloud instance) with all package requirements pre-installed. This allows the user to utilize the fuzzywuzzyR package without having to spend time on the installation process.

System Requirements

Before the installation of any python modules one should check the python-configuration using :


All modules should be installed in the default python configuration (the configuration that the R-session displays as default), otherwise errors will occur during package installation.



sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo pip install --upgrade pip
pip install fuzzywuzzy
pip install python-Levenshtein

Python 3

sudo apt-get install python3-pip
sudo pip3 install --upgrade pip
pip3 install fuzzywuzzy
pip3 install python-Levenshtein

Macintosh OSX

sudo easy_install pip
sudo pip install fuzzywuzzy
sudo pip install python-Levenshtein

Windows OS

pip install fuzzywuzzy
pip install python-Levenshtein

Installation of the fuzzywuzzyR package

To install the package from CRAN use,


and to download the latest version from Github use the install_github function of the devtools package,

devtools::install_github(repo = 'mlampros/fuzzywuzzyR')

Use the following link to report bugs/issues,



If you use the code of this repository in your paper or research please cite both fuzzywuzzyR and the original software https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=fuzzywuzzyR/citation.html:

  title = {{fuzzywuzzyR}: Fuzzy String Matching in R},
  author = {Lampros Mouselimis},
  year = {2021},
  note = {R package version 1.0.5},
  url = {https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=fuzzywuzzyR},