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Getting Started

This chapter introduces you to the workflow for installing RStudio Connect, managing the server, and performing some initial configuration. We built this checklist to guide you through that process.

  1. Install R
  2. Install RStudio Connect
  3. Configure Server.Address *
  4. Configure Authentication *
  5. Restart RStudio Connect
  6. Sign into RStudio Connect
  7. Configure email sending *
  8. Install TensorFlow Dependencies (optional)
  9. Install Python (optional)

Additionally, if you want to integrate RStudio Package Manager or RStudio Cloud, then please refer to:


There are two ways to install RStudio Connect onto your Linux system:

Setup Assistant Installation

The RStudio Connect Setup Tool is the best way to install and get started with RStudio Connect. The Setup Tool provides a user-friendly UI to install, initially configure, test, and deploy Connect to your environment. The Setup Tool uses a script that works across all supported Linux distributions, validates the cryptographic signature of the downloaded package, and includes support for offline use.

The Setup Tool installs RStudio Connect and helps you set up basic configuration options, including:

  • Licensing
  • Authentication
  • Environments: R and Python Installations
  • Recommended System Packages
  • Email: SMTP
  • Databases: SQLite or PostgreSQL
  • Version Control
  • RStudio Package Manager
  • RStudio Cloud

Supported Features

The full list of supported features that can be configured using the Setup Tool is provided here.

Installation procedures

To install RStudio Connect, follow the Install RStudio Connect installation procedures.

Initial Configuration

Once RStudio Connect is installed, there are several configuration options that are available. This section provides an example of how you would manually edit the RStudio Connect configuration file to configure the public URL of your server.

Setup Tool - Post Installation procedures

Following the initial configuration of RStudio Connect using the Setup Tool, we recommend completing several integration steps and verification tasks.

Editing the Configuration File

RStudio Connect is controlled primarily by the /etc/rstudio-connect/rstudio-connect.gcfg configuration file.

Edit this file to make server-wide configuration changes to the system. Learn about its file format and available options in the Configuration Appendix.

Although the Setup Tool configures the Server.Address property during the installation, we are going to manually configure the Server.Address server property in the following section to provide an example of how to edit the RStudio Connect configuration file.

Server Address

The Server.Address property is the public URL used to access the server. This setting lets email include links pointing back to your server.


Whenever RStudio Connect is deployed behind a proxy, you must configure Server.Address with the proxied location and not the local hostname of the Connect server.

Server.Address must contain hostname and port when your installation uses a non-standard port. You do not need to include port for an https:// URL on the standard HTTPS port 443 or an http:// URL on the standard HTTP port 80.

Here is a sample configuration with Server.Address:

; /etc/rstudio-connect/rstudio-connect.gcfg
Address =

Here is a sample configuration with RStudio Connect using a non-standard port:

; /etc/rstudio-connect/rstudio-connect.gcfg
Address =

This example has RStudio Connect available underneath a specific URL path. You may have this situation when Connect is accessed through a proxy:

; /etc/rstudio-connect/rstudio-connect.gcfg
SenderEmail =
Address =


Please use a publicly available URL (like the one you set in Server.Address) when connecting rsconnect or the RStudio IDE to your RStudio Connect server. If a non-public address (e.g., localhost) is used for publishing content, rsconnect will not be able to automatically open the published content in the user's browser.

Restart RStudio Connect after altering the rstudio-connect.gcfg configuration file:


sudo systemctl restart rstudio-connect


Your platform may use alternate commands to restart RStudio Connect. Please see the Stopping and Starting section for instructions specific to your operating system version.

Sign In!

Use a web browser to visit the RStudio Connect dashboard. This has a default location of http://your-connect-server:3939/. Click the Sign In link. If you are using an external authentication provider, specify your login credentials. If you are using password authentication, follow the Create a new account link and configure your account.


The first account will be marked as an RStudio Connect administrator.

Email Sending


The email features in RStudio Connect are disabled unless email sending is properly configured. In this state notifications that would be sent via email will only be visible in the logs. Also, the built-in authentication will not be able to rely on emails for account confirmation or password reset. These operations will instead require an administrator to act as an intermediary.

For additional information about the available email sending methods and configurations, please review the documentation for the following:

After adjusting your email configuration, you must restart RStudio Connect (see Stopping and Starting) and then send yourself a test message.

Sign into the RStudio Connect dashboard as an administrator and visit the Admin>Mail Settings page. Use the Send Test Email button to send yourself a message. Once that message arrives, you know that RStudio Connect is ready to send email.

Need Help?

RStudio provides professional support pursuant to our Support Agreement.

Please see our Support documentation for information such as opening an support ticket.