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A Docker image for for solving linear programming optimization problems in R
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This repository contains a Dockerfile to create a Docker image for solving linear programming optimization problems in R. The Docker image is available via Docker Hub.

Containers created based on this image will have R, R Studio, the Hadleyverse of R packages, and a suite of linear programming solvers. This image includes all the open source linear programming solvers, and their R package interfaces, listed in CRAN Task View for Optimization:


Install Docker

To use these images, start by installing Docker by following the instructions on the Docker website for Linux, Mac, or Windows.

If you're on Mac or Windows, this will the Docker Quickstart Terminal, which is a Linux virtual machine that Docker runs in. Open this application or, if you're on Linux, just open a normal Terminal.

Start container

To start a container based on the optimizr image use:

docker run -dp 8787:8787 mstrimas/optimizr

Now point your browser to the IP address given by docker-machine ip, being sure to append this address with :8787. For example, if docker-machine ip returns, point your browser to To log in to RStudio use rstudio for the username and password. You're now using RStudio running in the Docker container, which gives you access to all the linear programming solvers listed above.

Gurobi license

Gurobi is an extremely powerful commercial solver for linear and quadratic programming. It is significantly faster than existing open source solvers, however, you'll need a license to use it. Fortunately, Gurobi does offer free academic licenses for those eligible. Note that a Gurobi license is only good for a single machine and therefore you'll need a new one for every Docker container you create. So, if you do go to the trouble of setting up Gurobi on a Docker container, you'll probably want to keep that container around to avoid having to get a new license.

To get a license, follow the instructions on the Gurobi website. Now, look at your current licenses and you'll see a grbgetkey command listed like:


This command needs to be run in the container to install the license. After you've started an optimizr container, get its container ID using docker ps, then run the grbgetkey command with:

docker exec <container id> grbgetkey 19b2902a-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX

You should now be able to use the gurobi R package in the Docker container.

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