get {base}R Documentation

Return the Value of a Named Object


Search for an R object with a given name and return it.


get(x, pos=-1, envir=as.environment(pos), mode="any", inherits=TRUE)
mget(x, envir, mode = "any",
     ifnotfound = list(function(x) stop(paste("value for '",
    x, "' not found", sep = ""), call. = FALSE)), inherits = FALSE)


x a variable name (given as a character string).
pos where to look for the object (see the details section); if omitted, the function will search as if the name of the object appeared unquoted in an expression.
envir an alternative way to specify an environment to look in; see the details section.
mode the mode of object sought.
inherits should the enclosing frames of the environment be searched?
ifnotfound A list of values to be used if the item is not found.


The pos argument can specify the environment in which to look for the object in any of several ways: as an integer (the position in the search list); as the character string name of an element in the search list; or as an environment (including using sys.frame to access the currently active function calls). The envir argument is an alternative way to specify an environment, but is primarily there for back compatibility.

This function looks to see if the name x has a value bound to it in the specified environment. If inherits is TRUE and a value is not found for x in the specified environment, the enclosing frames of the environment are searched until the name x is encountered. See environment and the ‘R Language Definition’ manual for details about the structure of environments and their enclosures.

Warning: inherits=TRUE is the default behaviour for R but not for S.

The mode may specify collections such as "numeric" and "function": any member of the collection will suffice.

Using a NULL environment is equivalent to using the current environment.

For mget multiple values are returned in a named list. This is true even if only one value is requested. The value in mode and ifnotfound can be either the same length as the number of requested items or of length 1. The argument ifnotfound must be a list containing either the value to use if the requested item is not found or a function of one argument which will be called if the item is not found. The argument is the name of the item being requested. The default value for inherits is FALSE, in contrast to the default behavior for get.

mode here is a mixture of the meanings of typeof and mode: "function" covers primitive functions and operators, "numeric", "integer", "real" and "double" all refer to any numeric type, "symbol" and "name" are equivalent but "language" must be used.


The object found. (If no object is found an error results.)


The reverse of a <- get(nam) is assign(nam, a).


Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

See Also

exists, assign.



##test mget
e1 <- new.env()
mget(letters, e1, ifnotfound=LETTERS)

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