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Installing RStudio Workbench#

These instructions describe how to install RStudio Workbench, formerly RStudio Server Pro1, on a Linux server.

Step 1. Install R#

  • Install a version of R on the server following the steps to Install R.

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    Our recommended installation instructions for R allow you to make multiple versions of R available and avoid replacing existing versions of R when updating system packages.

Step 2. Download and install#

Multiple load-balanced instances of RStudio Workbench

If you have multiple load-balanced instances of RStudio Workbench, there is a new requirement for a Postgres metadata database to upgrade to version 1.4 or greater. If you attempt to install/upgrade to version 1.4 or greater and do not have a Postgres metadata database configured, RStudio Workbench will not start. See the Database section for more information.

  • Download and install RStudio Workbench:

    $ curl -O https://download2.rstudio.org/server/centos8/x86_64/rstudio-workbench-rhel-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    $ sudo yum install rstudio-workbench-rhel-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    
    $ curl -O https://download2.rstudio.org/server/centos7/x86_64/rstudio-workbench-rhel-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    $ sudo yum install rstudio-workbench-rhel-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    
    $ sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
    $ curl -O https://download2.rstudio.org/server/bionic/amd64/rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-amd64.deb
    $ sudo gdebi rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-amd64.deb
    
    $ sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
    $ curl -O https://download2.rstudio.org/server/xenial/amd64/rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-amd64.deb
    $ sudo gdebi rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-amd64.deb
    
    $ sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
    $ curl -O https://download2.rstudio.org/server/debian9/x86_64/rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-amd64.deb
    $ sudo gdebi rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-amd64.deb
    
    $ curl -O https://download2.rstudio.org/server/opensuse/x86_64/rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    $ sudo zypper install rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    
    $ curl -O https://download2.rstudio.org/server/opensuse15/x86_64/rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    $ sudo zypper install rstudio-workbench-1.4.1717-3-x86_64.rpm
    

Step 3. Activate license#

Step 4. Verify installation#

  • Now, you can visit RStudio Workbench in a browser at http://<SERVER-ADDRESS>:8787 and replacing <SERVER-ADDRESS> with the DNS name or IP address of the server.

Additional Information#

RStudio Launcher

The RStudio Job Launcher provides an extensible and reusable mechanism for RStudio applications to start processes within various batch processing systems (e.g., SLURM) and container orchestration platforms (e.g., Kubernetes). RStudio products integrate with the Job Launcher to allow you to utilize your existing cluster hardware for maximum process isolation and operations efficiency.

We offer the following integration options:

Additionally, the RStudio Job Launcher Administration Guide is available here.


  1. We have renamed RStudio Server Pro to RStudio Workbench. This change reflects the product’s growing support for a wide range of different development environments. RStudio Workbench enables R and Python data scientists to use their preferred IDE in a secure, scalable, and collaborative environment -- whether that is the RStudio IDE, JupyterLab, Jupyter Notebooks, or VS Code. We want RStudio Workbench to be the best single platform to support open source, code-first data science, whether your team is using R or Python. Please see our official Announcement and review our FAQ regarding the name change from RStudio Server Pro to RStudio Workbench.