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Integrating RStudio Workbench with Jupyter Notebooks, Launcher, and Slurm#


These steps describe how to integrate RStudio Workbench, formerly RStudio Server Pro1, with Jupyter Notebooks running with Launcher and Slurm.


Launcher is a new feature of RStudio Server Pro 1.22 that is only available under named user licensing. RStudio Server Pro 1.2 without Launcher is available under existing server-based licensing. For questions about using Launcher with RStudio Workbench, please contact


This integration is intended to be performed on top of an installation of RStudio Workbench that has already been configured with Launcher and Slurm.

Step 1. Ensure that Python is available on each node#

  • Ensure that Python is available on each node in the Slurm cluster.

    • If needed, you can install Python, pip, and virtualenv on each node following the steps to Install Python.


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

Step 2. Install Jupyter Notebooks, JupyterLab, and Python packages on each node#

  • From the previous step, you should still have the PYTHON_VERSION environment variable defined with the version of Python that you installed.

    • If not, you can define this environment variable before proceed by running the following command and replacing 3.7.7 with the version of Python that you are using:

      $ export PYTHON_VERSION=3.7.7

  • Install Jupyter Notebooks, JupyterLab, and the notebook extensions for RStudio Workbench and RStudio Connect:

    $ sudo /opt/python/${PYTHON_VERSION}/bin/pip install jupyter jupyterlab rsp_jupyter rsconnect_jupyter

  • Install and enable the Jupyter Notebook extensions:

    $ sudo /opt/python/${PYTHON_VERSION}/bin/jupyter-nbextension install --sys-prefix --py rsp_jupyter
    $ sudo /opt/python/${PYTHON_VERSION}/bin/jupyter-nbextension enable --sys-prefix --py rsp_jupyter
    $ sudo /opt/python/${PYTHON_VERSION}/bin/jupyter-nbextension install --sys-prefix --py rsconnect_jupyter
    $ sudo /opt/python/${PYTHON_VERSION}/bin/jupyter-nbextension enable --sys-prefix --py rsconnect_jupyter
    $ sudo /opt/python/${PYTHON_VERSION}/bin/jupyter-serverextension enable --sys-prefix --py rsconnect_jupyter

  • (Optional) Install supplemental Python packages:

    $ sudo /opt/python/${PYTHON_VERSION}/bin/pip install altair beautifulsoup4 \
      cloudpickle cython dask gensim keras matplotlib nltk numpy pandas pillow \
      pyarrow requests scipy scikit-image scikit-learn scrapy seaborn spacy \
      sqlalchemy statsmodels tensorflow xgboost

Step 3. Configure Launcher with Jupyter Notebooks#

  • Add the following lines to the Launcher Jupyter configuration file:

    File: /etc/rstudio/jupyter.conf

  • If you installed a version other than Python 3.7.7, then you can replace 3.7.7 in the above jupyter-exe setting with the the version of Python that you installed.

Step 4. Restart RStudio Workbench and Launcher Services#

  • Restart the services:

    $ sudo rstudio-server restart
    $ sudo rstudio-launcher restart

Step 5. Test RStudio Workbench with Launcher and Jupyter Notebooks#

Additional Documentation#

For more information on RStudio Workbench and Launcher, refer to the following reference documentation:

  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. 

  2. We will continue to use the RStudio Server Pro name for references to versions prior to 1.4.