Getting Started with RStudio Server


RStudio Server enables you to provide a browser-based interface (the RStudio IDE) to a version of R running on a remote Linux server. Deploying R and RStudio on a server has a number of benefits, including:

  • The ability to access your R workspace from any computer in any location
  • Easy sharing of code, data, and other files with colleagues
  • Allowing multiple users to share access to the more powerful compute resources (memory, processors, etc.) available on a well-equipped server
  • Centralized installation and configuration of R, R packages, TeX, and other supporting libraries

RStudio Server works with recent versions of popular Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, and RedHat/CentOS. RStudio Server can also be built and installed from source on other platforms.

Check out our video on RStudio Server here.

Installing R and RStudio Server

Installing R

In order to use RStudio Server, you’ll need to first install R 2.11.1 (or higher). If you don’t already have R, you can download it here.

Please note that, to make use of multiple versions of R in RStudio Server Pro, you will need to compile R from source as explained here:

This is needed to have multiple versions of R available in the IDE.

Installing RStudio Server


You can find instructions and downloads for RStudio Server Open-Source here.


To install RStudio Server Pro, click the link included on the trial page or in the email sent with your license key. If you don’t have this link, please contact Support and let us know.

General Information about RStudio Server

RStudio Release Notes:

RStudio Release History:

RStudio Server Pro Webinars:

Managing RStudio Server Pro

We recommend reading through our RStudio Server Pro Admin Guide for most of the information you’ll need. We’ve highlighted some important sections and additional guides below:

Accessing the Server:

Managing the Server:

Setting up User Authentication

Configuring R Sessions:

Where to store data:

Filling up the home directory:

Customizing the RStudio Server Pro Login Page:

Security features in RStudio Server Pro:

Managing RStudio Server Open-Source

Accessing the Server:

Configuring the Server:

Managing the Server:

Using RStudio Server

Instructions on using RStudio Server

Session Auditing in RStudio Server (Pro only!):

Where to store data:

Filling up the home directory:

Managing libraries for RStudio Server:

Useful features of RStudio Server

You may find these add-ons and features of RStudio Server particularly useful in your work:

R Markdown & Notebooks:

Flex dashboard:


Getting Support with RStudio Server

Open-Source Support

For our open-source customers, we provide best-effort support on our open-source forums here.

Pro Support

If needed, you can create and track support tickets via our form here. Note that this is only for customers who have purchased or are trialing a Pro license.

What Next

How do I find out what’s new from RStudio?

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Getting the newest RStudio builds:

See the article below for instructions on how to make sure you’re running the latest RStudio Server Pro or Open-Source builds. Note that our previews or daily builds may not be fully tested.

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