2 Get Started: Installation

This chapter outlines the minimum steps to install RStudio Package Manager. More information on each step is available in subsequent chapters. Your environment will likely require one or more additional steps.

2.1 Need Help?

RStudio is happy to provide support for anyone using the product.

To focus on building the best products, RStudio does not provide installation or professional services. If you require such assistance, please refer to our certified partners.

RStudio support is limited to our professional products. If your question is related to R, R code, or specific R packages, please visit https://community.rstudio.com.

If your question is related to RStudio Package Manager, you can open a support ticket by:

  1. Running the command /opt/rstudio-pm/bin/run-diagnostics. Note, if you have not been able to download the software, skip this step. If you unpacked the software in a non-default location, navigate to that directory and use ./bin/run-diagnostics.
  2. If the cause of the problem is not evident to you, send an email to support@rstudio.com with:
  • Your name and company
  • Your goal
  • What you have tried
  • The current error
  • The diagnostics output from step 1

RStudio support is via email, see our SLA for details.

2.2 Prerequisites

Please review the necessary system requirements, account privileges, and internet access requirements prior to installing RStudio Package Manager.

2.2.1 System Requirements

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS Linux 6.0+
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS Linux 7.0+
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux 12 SP3+
  • Ubuntu 14.04 (not recommended; end of life scheduled for April 2019)
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04

RStudio Package Manager should run on a server with a minimum of 2GB of RAM. Package sources can be lazily cached from CRAN or eagerly downloaded. RStudio Package Manager recommends 50-200GB of disk storage.

2.2.2 Internet Access Requirements

RStudio Package Manager acts as a “bridge” between offline servers running R and upstream package sources like CRAN. RStudio Package Manager should be installed on a server in the network with outbound access to:


See Repository Syncing for more details on what information is downloaded from the RStudio CRAN service.

RStudio Package Manager can be configured to use a HTTP proxy to access the internet, see Outbound Proxy for more details.

Additional steps are necessary if your internal servers can not access an online server through your internal network. See the appendix on running RStudio Package Manager in an air-gapped environment.

2.2.3 Root Requirements

RStudio Package Manager does not run as root, see 2.2.4. By default, root privileges are required to:

  • Install RStudio Package Manager
  • Start and Stop RStudio Package Manager via the service daemons
  • Activate the RStudio Package Manager license

RStudio Package Manager can be installed and licensed without requiring root privileges. Instructions are available in the appendix.

2.2.4 RunAs User

RStudio Package Manager starts and runs under an unprivileged account. It never requires root.

The installer creates a user account and group named rstudio-pm and runs the RStudio Package Manager service under this account. If you wish to change the account under which the service runs, please see C.

2.2.5 R Installation

If you plan to use git sources, RStudio Package Manager will require a valid installation of R version 3.0.0 or greater. See 16 for more information.

2.3 Installation

Download and install RStudio Package Manager for your platform. These commands will install the product into /opt/rstudio-pm. See E to install into a non-default location or to perform a non-root install.

# for ubuntu 
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
wget https://s3.amazonaws.com/rstudio-package-manager/ubuntu/amd64/rstudio-pm_1.0.4-6_amd64.deb
sudo gdebi 1.0.4-6_amd64.deb
# for redhat and centos 
wget https://s3.amazonaws.com/rstudio-package-manager/centos/x86_64/rstudio-pm-1.0.4-6.x86_64.rpm
sudo yum install --nogpgcheck rstudio-pm-1.0.4-6.x86_64.rpm
# for suse
wget https://s3.amazonaws.com/rstudio-package-manager/opensuse/x86_64/rstudio-pm-1.0.4-6.x86_64.rpm
sudo zypper --no-gpg-checks install rstudio-pm1.0.4-6.x86_64.rpm

2.4 Initial Configuration

RStudio Package Manager settings are controlled by a configuration file located at /etc/rstudio-pm/rstudio-pm.gcfg by default. At a minimum, complete the Address property within the Server section, by specifying the URL used to access RStudio Package Manager.

; /etc/rstudio-pm/rstudio-pm.gcfg
Address = http://r-packages.example.com

Replace http://r-packages.example.com with the value appropriate to your organization.

There are many other default options you may want to configure now or at a later point, such as:

  • The on-disk location where data will be stored, default: /var/lib/rstudio-pm
  • The database where essential metadata should be stored, default: built-in SQLite.
  • Important security settings settings such as HTTPS certificates and ports, default: HTTP on port 4242.

For multi-node or highly available (HA) setups, please refer to the REQUIRED config settings listed at 13.

2.5 Licensing

Verify the status of your license using:

/opt/rstudio-pm/bin/license-manager status

If you have a license key, activate the license using

/opt/rstudio-pm/bin/license-manager activate LICENSE_KEY

Replace LICENSE_KEY with the value of your license key. If your server is offline or you need more information, consult 2.5.

2.6 Restart RStudio Package Manager

After changing the configuration file or license you must restart the RStudio Package Manager service. Follow the instructions for your operating system:

# for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, RHEL/CentOS 7, SUSE 12
sudo systemctl stop rstudio-pm
sudo systemctl start rstudio-pm
# for Ubuntu 14.04 and REHL/CentOS 6
sudo stop rstudio-pm
sudo start rstudio-pm

2.7 Visit the web UI

You should be able to visit RStudio Package Manager in a web browser. The default port is 4242, so navigate to: https://r-packages.example.com:4242. RStudio Package Manager should present a welcome page, though no repositories are yet available.

2.8 Try out the CLI

You should be able to invoke the admin CLI by running: /opt/rstudio-pm/bin/rspm list. If you are not able to use the CLI, ensure your user is a member of the rstudio-pm group:

  1. Run: sudo usermod -aG rstudio-pm USER, replacing USER with your username. This command will add USER to the rstudio-pm group.
  2. Close the terminal or SSH session and begin a new session.
  3. In the new session, run the command groups to enumerate the groups the current user is a member of. Confirm that rstudio-pm is listed.
  4. Re-run the command: /opt/rstudio-pm/bin/rspm list.

Note, you can elect a different group to grant access to the CLI, see C.

2.9 Next Steps

Now that RStudio Package Manager is installed, you can complete the second part of the setup by configuring RStudio Package Manager for your desired use case. Follow the instructions in Get Started: Configuration.