Installing RStudio Professional Drivers#
RStudio Workbench and/or RStudio Connect#
These procedures are intended for IT Admins that need to install the RStudio Professional Drivers on a server.
Install RStudio Professional Drivers on your server
Install RStudio Professional Drivers on the same server where RStudio Server Pro and/or RStudio Connect is installed.
Install RStudio Pro Drivers for Linux Server#
Use the following procedures to:
- Install RStudio Professional Drivers on the same server where RStudio Workbench and/or RStudio Connect is installed or Pro and/or RStudio Connect is installed or
- Alternatively, install RStudio Pro Drivers on your Linux desktop using DEB/RPM packages
Step 1. Install dependencies#
Install an OBDC driver manager using your system package manager:
$ sudo yum install unixODBC unixODBC-devel
$ sudo apt-get install unixodbc unixodbc-dev gdebi
$ sudo zypper install unixODBC unixODBC-devel
Additional steps for using the Oracle database driver
If you are working with the Oracle database, you must:
- Install the 19.x version of the Oracle Instant Client
- Link the Oracle library directory to the RStudio Pro Drivers library directory by running the following command:
$ ln -s /usr/lib/oracle/19.x/client64/lib/* /opt/rstudio-drivers/oracle/bin/lib/
Please adjust the directory minor version (x) according to the installed version of the Oracle Instant Client.
For more information on connecting to Oracle Databases, see the Connecting to Oracle databases with RStudio Professional Drivers support article.
Additional steps for using the Snowflake driver version 1.7.0
This step is no longer necessary on version 1.8.0 of the driver and later.
Once the Snowflake driver is installed, the file
/opt/rstudio-drivers/snowflake/bin/lib/rstudio.snowflakeodbc.inimust be updated to contain the following:Terminal
[Driver] CABundleFile=/opt/rstudio-drivers/snowflake/bin/lib/cacert.pem ErrorMessagesPath= LogLevel=0 LogPath=
Step 2. Download and install#
Download and install the RStudio Professional Drivers:
$ curl -O https://cdn.rstudio.com/drivers/7C152C12/installer/rstudio-drivers-2021.10.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm $ sudo yum install rstudio-drivers-2021.10.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm
$ curl -O https://cdn.rstudio.com/drivers/7C152C12/installer/rstudio-drivers_2021.10.0_amd64.deb $ sudo gdebi rstudio-drivers_2021.10.0_amd64.deb
$ curl -O https://cdn.rstudio.com/drivers/7C152C12/installer/rstudio-drivers-2021.10.0-1.sles12.x86_64.rpm $ sudo zypper --no-gpg-checks install rstudio-drivers-2021.10.0-1.sles12.x86_64.rpm
$ curl -O https://cdn.rstudio.com/drivers/7C152C12/installer/rstudio-drivers-2021.10.0-1.sles15.x86_64.rpm $ sudo zypper --no-gpg-checks install rstudio-drivers-2021.10.0-1.sles15.x86_64.rpm
Alternative download and installation method
In some cases, you may want to use an alternative installation method to install the RStudio Professional Drivers other than
.debpackages, for example:
- Installing drivers to a location other than
- Installing drivers as a non-root user
- Installing a single driver or a subset of drivers
For this reason, we provide the drivers as a single compressed
.tarfile that can be manually extracted and moved to the desired location:
Refer to the detailed documentation for each driver for instructions on how to configure each driver.
- Installing drivers to a location other than
If you previously uninstalled the Pro Drivers version 1.4.0, and do not wish to use multiple versions of the Pro Drivers, then verify that the
/etc/odbcinst.inifile is pointing to the new version of the drivers located at
Step 3. Configure driver locations#
The drivers install to
/opt/rstudio-drivers/. The ODBC driver names and
locations are specified in the
/etc/odbcinst.ini configuration file.
A sample of this file is included at
that is preconfigured with the names and locations of the RStudio Professional
You can use the following commands to backup your existing
/etc/odbcinst.inifile and write the contents of the sample configuration file to
/etc/odbcinst.inion your system:
# Backup existing ODBC configuration file $ sudo cp /etc/odbcinst.ini /etc/odbcinst.ini.bak # Append sample ODBC configuration file into /etc/ $ cat /opt/rstudio-drivers/odbcinst.ini.sample | sudo tee -a /etc/odbcinst.ini
# Backup existing ODBC configuration file $ sudo cp /etc/unixODBC/odbcinst.ini /etc/unixODBC/odbcinst.ini.bak # Append sample ODBC configuration file into /etc/unixODBC/ $ cat /opt/rstudio-drivers/odbcinst.ini.sample | sudo tee -a /etc/unixODBC/odbcinst.ini
Step 4. Testing database connectivity#
Test your database connections from the command line before creating new
connections in RStudio. You can test connections by running
isql, a command
line tool for interactive SQL. The
isql command requires you to create a data
source name first.
ODBC Data Source Names (DSNs) are defined in the
To create a new DSN:
- Edit the file
- Add a new entry for your desired database type by copying over the sample from
- Ensure that the
Driversetting in the DSN refers to the corresponding driver name or path listed in
- Modify the entry with your desired connection parameters
For example, to add a SQL Server connection:
[test] Driver = SQLServer Server = my.server.name Database = dbname Port = 1433
To test this connection, run the following command:
$ isql test
Refer to the article on Troubleshooting RStudio Professional Drivers for additional information on troubleshooting the ODBC drivers and dependencies.
Use the following commands to uninstall the RStudio Professional Drivers:
$ sudo yum remove rstudio-drivers
$ sudo apt-get remove rstudio-drivers
$ sudo zypper rm rstudio-drivers
Upgrading to version 2021.10.0
If you are using RStudio Professional Drivers version 1.8.0, or older, and would like to upgrade, then please see our Upgrading documentation.
To continue to the Using RStudio Professional Drivers document, see the Usage documentation.