The tidyselect package is the backend of functions like dplyr::select() or dplyr::pull() as well as several tidyr verbs. It allows you to create selecting verbs that are consistent with other tidyverse packages.

  • To learn about the selection syntax as a user of dplyr or tidyr, read the user-friendly Selection language reference.

  • To learn how to implement tidyselect in your own functions, read the Get started vignette.

  • To learn exactly how the tidyselect syntax is interpreted, read the Technical descrition vignette.


tidyselect is on CRAN. You can also install the development version from github with:

# install.packages("remotes")