RStudio Connect 1.4.6

  • BREAKING: Changed the default for Authorization.DefaultUserRole from publisher to viewer. New users will have a viewer account instead of a publisher account until promoted. The user roles documentation explains the differences. To restore the previous behavior, set DefaultUserRole = publisher.
  • On-disk Shiny bookmark state is supported and enabled by default. Use the Applications.ShinyBookmarking setting to disable this feature. Configuring Shiny applications to use server bookmarking is described in this article.
  • BUGFIX: Restored functionality of the Applications.ViewerOnDemandReports and Applications.ViewerCustomizedReports which were both inadvertently broken in the previous release.
  • Begin storing R jobs in the database. This makes server startup and other operations that involve listing R jobs notably faster. This migration will run when you update to 1.4.6 and may take a few minutes to complete if you have a very busy server that has run a lot of R jobs.
  • Package installs are permitted to limit the number of concurrent compilation processes. This is controlled with the Server.CompilationConcurrency setting and passed as the value to the make flag -jNUM. The default is to permit four concurrent processes. Decrease this setting in low memory environments.
  • The /etc/rstudio-connect/rstudio-connect.gcfg file is installed with more restrictive permissions.
  • Log file downloads include a more descriptive file name by default. Previously, we used the naming convention <jobId>.log, which resulted in file names like GBFCaiPE6tegbrEM.log. Now, we use the naming convention rstudio-connect.<appId>.<reportId>.<bundleId>.<jobType>.<jobId>.log, which results in file names like rstudio-connect.34.259.15.packrat_restore.GBFCaiPE6tegbrEM.log.
  • Bundle the admin guide and user guide in the product. You can access both from the Documentation tab.
  • Implemented improved, pop-out filtering panel when filtering content, which offers a better experience on small/mobile screens.
  • Improvements to the parameterized report pane when the viewer does not have the authority to render custom versions of the document.
  • Improve database performance in high-traffic environments.
  • KNOWN ISSUE: Systems using the systemd init system may see R processes continue running when RStudio Connect is stopped. This allows Connect to support long-running document rendering. Shiny processes are incorrectly allowed to continue running as well. These leftover Shiny processes are forcibly terminated when Connect restarts.

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RStudio Connect 1.4.4

  • Introduced a “Source Versions” view for deployed content that allows collaborators on content to list all of the versions of that content that they have published. Collaborators may also activate other versions of the content, delete old versions, or view the activation logs associated with a particular version. More details here:
  • Allow automatic removal of older application bundles. The setting Applications.BundleRetentionLimit specifies the minimum number of bundles retained per application. This setting defaults to 0; bundles are not automatically removed. A non-zero value indicates the number of inactive bundles to preserve. The oldest bundles are removed first. Active bundles are always preserved.
  • Limit the concurrency of scheduled reports. This is configured with the Applications.ScheduleConcurrency setting. By default, two scheduled reports are permitted to execute at the same time. Some tasks may be slightly delayed when there are multiple long-running reports already in flight. Increase this limit if your hardware can support more concurrent report execution. Using too high a value could affect the resources available for interactive processes, including Shiny applications.
  • Notify users if they’re taking an action that would cause them to lose unsaved information while customizing a parameterized R Markdown report.
  • The report-emailing dialog is simpler and more informative.
  • Added a “Print” menu option for more easily printing content from within the dashboard.
  • A viewer-only account (not a publisher) that is a member of a group selected as a collaborator for an application is now properly downgraded to a viewer for that application. Previously, they were denied access to the application.
  • When a collaborator for an application is downgraded to a viewer-only user account, their application access is properly downgraded. Previously, they were denied access to the application.
  • Better cleanup on disk when applications are deleted.
  • Improved the “too many users” LDAP error handling.
  • Documented user permissions in admin guide:

RStudio Connect 1.4.2

  • Overhaul of the parameterized report interface. You can now manage the parameters in the sidebar and quickly iterate through different versions of your report.
  • Added the notion of “personal” report versions for parameterized reports. You can now create a private version of a parameterized report that is only visible to you. This report can still be scheduled and emailed.
  • Users can now filter content to include only items that they can edit or items they can view.
  • Content is set to private (“Just Me”) by default. Users can change the visibility of their content before publishing as before.
  • Show progress indicator when updating a report.
  • Only count a user against the license when that user logs in.
  • The Applications.RunAsCurrentUser property permits execution of content by a Unix account associated with the currently logged-in user. Requires PAM authentication.
  • Added support for global “System Messages” that can display an HTML message to your users either on the logged out or logged in landing pages.
  • Updated packrat to gain more transparency on package build errors.
  • Updated the list of SSL ciphers to correspond with modern best-practices.

RStudio Connect 1.4.0

RStudio Connect 1.2.1

  • Stop masking the contents of /home by default. There are many environments where a shared /home is used and Connect cannot detect these situations. The file-system permissions of /home are responsible for determining if a RunAs user has access to files within the /home hierarchy.

    Revert to prior behavior by enabling Applications.HomeMounting. This specifies that the contents of /home should be hidden from R processes with additional bind mounts. The existing /home will have the home directory of the RunAs user mounted over it. If RunAs does not have a home directory, an empty temporary directory will mask /home instead. Launched R processes can discover this location through the the HOME environment variable.

RStudio Connect 1.2.0

  • BREAKING: Default the X-Frame-Options HTTP header to DENY for all Connect resources that are not user content. User content does not have this header set and can still be embedded in external iframes by default. See the Server.FrameOptionsContent and Server.FrameOptionsDashboard settings.
  • Introduce a new page under the “Admin” tab for audit logs. These logs track important changes in the system. To see exactly what is logged, see
  • Automatically correct ownership and permissions for the R library directory and Packrat cache directory on startup. This helps to ensure that directory permissions are appropriately configured for the current Applications.RunAs user.
  • We now instruct browser clients not to cache content that was cached before the most recent server restart or reload. This ensures that clients do not retain a version of a file that may have been obtained when the server was configured differently.
  • Added a new command-line utility to help manage Connect users. The tool is available at /opt/rstudio-connect/bin/usermanager and currently has two functions: list and alter. It requires root privileges to execute, but will enable system administrators who find themselves unable to access their admin account on Connect to recover admin privileges.
  • When requesting an update to a report, automatically reload the report when the new version is available.
  • More informative 404 pages and more consistent error pages when viewing content that either doesn’t exist or that you don’t have access to.
  • Configured the X-Frame-Options header to prohibit the embedding of the RSC dashboard inside an iframe. See
  • Set the X-Content-Type-Options header to nosniff by default. Learn more here:
  • Mark session cookies as HttpOnly.
  • Added a “Permament” mode for HTTPS that instructs clients to refuse to attempt a connection to this server in the future unless it is HTTPS.
  • Support the configuration of custom headers. These can be used to manage CSP or CORS policies, for instance.
  • Static content will redirect to the primary file if it is not named index.html. This is different from the previous approach, which served a primary file of any name from the application root URL.
  • Synchronize the client-side Shiny code across Connect, Shiny Server, and Shiny Server Pro.
  • Better instrumentation and environment checks of deploys to help identify configuration issues.
  • Prohibit removing the last administrator.
  • Enforce group membership when specifying an application-specific RunAs.

RStudio Connect 1.0.0

  • BREAKING: Removed support for the Server.RPath setting as announced in the previous release. Please use Server.RVersion instead. See for details.
  • BREAKING: Removed the Server.RVersionMultiple setting as documented in the previous release.
  • Formally added LDAP group support, no longer experimental.
  • Added support for Ubuntu 16.04.
  • Support for private package repositories. Requires version 0.99.1285 or greater of the RStudio IDE. See
  • Add details to the source of conflicts when unable to add a vanity URL.
  • Allow anonymous user to enumerate and switch between the existing variants of a parameterized report.
  • Improved the consistency of the admin user experience by ensuring that admins are able to manage even the content that they aren’t allowed to see. Of course administrators have the option of adding themselves as a viewer to any content, but this is an audited action.
  • Improved styling of various error pages and the Google OAuth login page.
  • Added support for application “titles” – user friendly representations of text that gives more flexibility to content names given in the IDE. This requires at least version 1.0.12 of the RStudio IDE.
  • Version information in download links has slightly changed. The new form is rstudio-connect-X.Y.Z-B instead of rstudio-connect-X.Y.Z.B
  • Various improvements to security and the dashboard interface.

RStudio Connect 0.5.0

  • BREAKING: Removed support for the Server.RunAs setting as announced in the previous release. This setting is now managed in Applications.RunAs.
  • BREAKING: Support for multiple R versions has altered how Connect discovers a compatible R version. This may affect installations where multiple R versions are already available. See for more information as well as instructions for suppressing this auto-discovery.
  • BREAKING: If using LDAP for authentication, UserObjectClass is now a required attribute.
  • Support multiple versions of R. Different content can use different versions of R without conflict; an appropriate version is chosen when content is deployed. Configuring your system to use multiple R installations is described here: The algorithms which determine how Connect chooses an R version for each content deployment is described here:
  • The Server.RPath configuration setting has been deprecated in favor of the Server.RVersion property. Server.RPath will be removed in the next release. See for details about Server.RVersion.
  • Added a work-around to support private R packages. See for additional details.
  • Restrict the ability to login to the server using LDAP groups. See the docs for the LDAP.WhitelistedLoginGroup setting here:
  • For parameterized reports, add a drop-down selector at the top of the page that allows you to quickly switch between different variants of the report you’re inspecting.
  • UI enhancements – primarily around content tables, iconography, and Shiny performance settings.
  • Allow anonymous users to access content at the embedded dashboard link.
  • Introduced the Authentication.Name config setting. This allows admins to specify a meaningful name for your authentication provider that will be presented on sign-in pages to give your users context.
  • Display counts of different user types on metrics page
  • Included version of Pandoc upgraded to version 1.17.2.
  • Bugfix: Parameterized report configuration no longer generates a “Too Many Connections” error on IE10/11.
  • Bugfix: reports now render at the appropriate time on servers which are not on UTC time.

RStudio Connect 0.4.5

  • BREAKING: Forbid report viewers from regenerating R Markdown reports and from customizing parameterized R Markdown reports. Report collaborators are still able to generate ad-hoc reports. Two new configuration options in the Applications section can override this behavior: ViewerOnDemandReports and ViewerCustomizedReports.
  • Redesigned the interface to be more unified, displaying settings and the content itself on same page.
  • Don’t set the /<username>/<appname> path for content by default. Instead, reference the content by its numerical ID by default.
  • Support configurable “vanity URLs” on content that enables admins to set custom paths for content. All existing content which was available under the /<username>/<appname> scheme have that vanity URL pre-configured for backwards compatability.
  • Allow users to configure which Linux account should execute a given application – users can now select to run R as users other than the rstudio-connect user.
  • Offer a “download” button when viewing application logs.
  • Provide a logrotate configuration for /var/log/rstudio-connect.log where logrotate is available.
  • Add a “miscellaneous” section to the CPU graph that tracks all CPU activity outside of system and user usage.
  • Better cache control for web assets.
  • Bump bundled pandoc to
  • Move RunAs configuration option from the Server section to the Applications section. Both are currently supported, but Server.RunAs will be removed in the next release.

RStudio Connect 0.4.4

  • Redesign the dashboard UI.
  • Optimize the delivery of the client-side assets used in the dashboard. Now bundle most assets into a single, minified resource and use proper caching techniques to avoid redundant downloads.
  • Show a table of all running R processes Connect has spawned on the Admin > Metrics page complete with CPU and RAM information. Improved robustness of the real-time data feed on that page.
  • Prohibit applications from changing their type.
  • Don’t allow user deletion. Instead, allow “locking” of a user which prohibits the user from logging in or deploying new content.
  • Set the “Reply-To” header on outgoing emails to be the email address of the user sending the report.
  • Kill all running R processes associated with some content when that content is deleted.
  • Bugfix: Better IE compatability for real-time streaming of metrics and rendering of gauges.
  • Bugfix: Improved behavior when running Connect behind a path-altering proxy.
  • Bugfix: Improved caching logic for the dashboard. Users of RStudio Connect may need to clear or otherwise reset their browser cache.

RStudio Connect 0.4.3

RStudio Connect 0.4.2-1218

  • PAM authentication. Users can now use Pluggable Authentication Modules by configuring the pam auth provider. This will allow Connect to leverage local server accounts.
  • Proxied authentication. Allow an external authentication provider to proxy all Connect traffic, appending an HTTP header that has the username of the current user.
  • Don’t copy Shiny output to server log.
  • Use the externally-provided username without prompting when creating an account unless it’s an invalid username.
  • API endpoint to view all running R processes spawned by Connect.
  • Various UI bugfixes and improvements.

RStudio Connect 0.4.2-1093

  • Password-based authentication. Connect can host the usernames and passwords in an internal database, complete with password reset and new user registration functions.
  • LDAP and Active Directory authentication. Connect to an external server to authenticate users and to query for users in your organization when sharing content.
  • Publishing of Shiny, R Markdown, and Shiny from the RStudio IDE.
  • Scheduled execution and email delivery of R Markdown. Allows R Markdown reports published with source code to be scheduled for execution on the server. Email recipients can also be configured.
  • Control of parameterized R Markdown reports. Variants can be executed once or scheduled for repeated execution.