Getting Started with Posit Workbench / RStudio Server


Posit Workbench (previously RStudio Workbench) and RStudio Server Open Source enable you to provide a browser-based interface for the RStudio IDE running on a remote Linux server. Deploying R and the RStudio IDE 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 Workbench and RStudio Server work with recent versions of popular Linux distributions including Debian, Ubuntu, and RedHat/CentOS. RStudio Server Open Source can also be built and installed from source on other platforms. Check out our video on RStudio Server here.

Installing R and Posit Workbench / RStudio Server

Installing R

To use Posit Workbench or RStudio Server, you’ll need to first install R 3.0.1 or higher. If you don’t already have R on your system, you can download it here. That page provides precompiled binaries that you can install side-by-side on the same system, as well as instructions for building R from source if you prefer.

Installing the RStudio IDE

RStudio Server Open Source

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

Posit Workbench

To install Posit Workbench (previously RStudio Workbench), 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. Once you have the server downloaded, use this guide to install and configure it.

General Information about RStudio Workbench / RStudio Server

RStudio Release Notes:

RStudio Release History:

RStudio Server Pro Webinars:

Managing Posit Workbench (previously RStudio Workbench)

We recommend reading through our Installation and Configuration guide, and the RStudio Workbench 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 Login Page:

Security features in RStudio Server Pro:

Managing RStudio Server Open-Source

Accessing the Server:

Configuring the Server:

Managing the Server:

Using RStudio Workbench / RStudio Server

Instructions on using RStudio Server

Session Auditing in RStudio Server (Workbench / Pro only!):

Where to store data:

Filling up the home directory:

Managing libraries:

Useful features of RStudio Server

You may find these add-ons and features of RStudio Workbench / 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.

Professional 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 Professional product license.

What Next

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

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Getting the newest RStudio IDE builds:

See the article below for instructions on how to make sure you’re running the latest RStudio Workbench or RStudio Server Open Source builds. Note that our previews or daily builds may not be fully tested, so we do not recommend installing them in production.