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tidyViz + Shiny server on same container
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Companion Shiny Image for TidyViz

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tidyviz-shiny base is tidyviz

Same packages from TidyViz image are installed here to keep sharing data easily.
Follow procedures to share volumes between Docker containers for a proper workflow: programming in Tidyviz and sharing via tidyviz-shiny


Run container with:

docker run --rm -p 3838:3838 jvera/tidyviz-shiny

I recommend to expose a directory on the host to the container at same location as tidyviz container. Plus providing access to logs, command will be as follows:
(Note that if the directories on the host don't already exist, they will be created automatically)

docker run --rm -p 3838:3838 -v ~/dockerdata:/srv/shiny-server/ \
    -v /srv/shinylog/:/var/log/shiny-server/ \

If you have an app in ~/dockerdata/appdir, you can run the app by visiting http://localhost:3838/appdir/

In a real deployment scenario, you will probably want to run the container in detached mode (-d) and listening on the host's port 80 (-p 80:3838):

docker run -d -p 80:3838 -v ~/dockerdata:/srv/shiny-server/ \
    -v /srv/shinylog/:/var/log/shiny-server/ \


docker run -d -p 8787:8787 jvera/tidyviz-shiny
docker run -d -p 8787:8787 -e USER=<username> -e PASSWORD=<password> rocker/rstudio

You will be able to access the Rstudio in the browser by something like

http://<your ip address>:8787

Sometimes you want to add more users, to add users Enter the container an add parameters interactively this way:

docker exec -it <container-id> bash

adduser <username>

Run image with both Rstudio and Shiny

docker run  -d -p 8787:8787 -p 3838:3838 --name rstudio_shiny_server jvera/tidyviz-shiny

To mount file system you need to use --privileged with fuse.

docker run  --privileged -d -p 8787:8787 -p 3838:3838 --name rstudio_shiny_server jvera/tidyviz-shiny

check out the ip from docker machine if you are on mac os.

docker-machine ip default

In your browser, http://<url>:8787/ for Rstudio server, for example, if is what returned, visit for Rstudio.

For shiny server, per user app is hosted http://<url>:3838/users/<username of rstudio>/<app_dir>, for example, for user rstudio (a default user) and an app called 01_helloworld, it will be http://<url>:3838/users/rstudio/01_helloworld/. To develop your shiny app from Rstudio server, you can login your rstudio server with your username, and create a fold at home folder called ~/ShinyApps and develop shiny apps under that folder, for example, you can create an app called 02_newapp at ~/ShinyApps/02_newapp/.

Let’s try this, please login your rstudio at http://<url>:8787 now, then try to copy some example over to your home folder under ~/ShinyApps/


file.copy("/usr/local/lib/R/site-library/shiny/examples/01_helloworld/", "~/ShinyApps/", recursive = TRUE)

If you are login as username ‘rstudio’, then visit you should be able to see the hello example.

Note: Generic shiny app can also be hosted http://<url>:3838/ or for particular app, http://<url>:3838/<app_dir> and inside the docker container, it’s hosted under /srv/shiny-server/

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