Using the rocker/rstudio container
docker run -d -p 8787:8787 rocker/rstudio
localhost:8787 in your browser and log in with username:password as
Note that all commands documented here work in just the same way with any container derived from
Common configuration options:
Use a custom password by specifying the
PASSWORD environmental variable
docker run -d -p 8787:8787 -e PASSWORD=yourpasswordhere rocker/rstudio
Give the user root permissions (add to sudoers)
docker run -d -p 8787:8787 -e ROOT=TRUE rocker/rstudio
Link a local volume (in this example, the current working directory,
$(pwd)) to the rstudio container:
docker run -d -p 8787:8787 -v $(pwd):/home/rstudio rocker/rstudio
Add shiny server on start up with
docker run -d -p 3838:3838 -p 8787:8787 -e ADD=shiny rocker/rstudio
shiny server is now running on
localhost:3838 and RStudio on
Note: this triggers shiny install at runtime, which may require a few minutes to execute before services come up.
If you are building your own Dockerfiles on top of this stack, you should simply include the RUN command:
RUN export ADD=shiny && bash /etc/cont-init.d/add
Then omit the
-e ADD=shiny when running your image and shiny should be installed and waiting on port 3838.
Use different versions of R
docker run -d -p 8787:8787 rocker/rstudio:devel docker run -d -p 8787:8787 rocker/rstudio:3.2.0
See rocker/r-ver for details.
Access a root shell for a running
rstudio container instance
First, determine the name or id of your container (unless you provided a
docker run) using
docker ps. You need just enough of the hash id to be unique, e.g. the first 3 letters/numbers. Then exec into the container for an interactive session:
docker exec -ti <CONTAINER_ID> bash
You can now perform maintenance operations requiring root behavior such as
apt-get, adding/removing users, etc.
Additional configuration options
- Custom user name:
- Custom user id, group id, UMASK:
Custom uid/gid etc is usually only needed when sharing a local volume for a user/group whose id does not match the default (
1000). Failing to do this could make files change permissions on the linked volume when accessed from RStudio.
Adding additional users: From a root bash shell (see above), the usual debian linux commands can be used to create new users and passwords, e.g.
Developers / Dockerfile authors
The RStudio images use the
s6-init system to run multiple/persistant jobs. While init systems like supervisord are better known,
s6 is powerful, lightweight, easy to use, and plays nicely with docker (e.g. avoiding the pid 1 / zombie problem). See s6-overlay for details if you need to add additional services (such as an sshd server) or custom start-up, shut down, or logging scripts.
See the Wiki for additional documentation and use cases: https://github.com/rocker-org/rocker/wiki