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Docker for Shiny Server

This is a Dockerfile for Shiny Server on Debian "testing". It is based on the latest r-base image.
Dockerfiles building on specific versions of R are now available in in the versioned directory on this repository. These versioned images run on Debian "stable" and are based on the corresponding r-ver image. You can request a specific R version using the appropriate tag, e.g. rocker/shiny:3.3.2.

The images is available from Docker Hub.

As of January 2017, the Shiny Server log is written to stdout and can be viewed using docker logs. The logs for individual apps are in the /var/log/shiny-server directory, as described in the Shiny Server Administrator's Guide


With docker

To run a temporary container with Shiny Server:

docker run --rm -p 3838:3838 rocker/shiny

To expose a directory on the host to the container, use -v <host_dir>:<container_dir>. The following command will use one /srv/shinyapps as the Shiny app directory and /srv/shinylog as the directory for Shiny app logs. Note that if the directories on the host don't already exist, they will be created automatically.:

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

If you have an app in /srv/shinyapps/appdir, you can run the app by visiting http://localhost:3838/appdir/. (If using boot2docker, visit

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 /srv/shinyapps/:/srv/shiny-server/ \
    -v /srv/shinylog/:/var/log/shiny-server/ \

With docker-compose

This repository includes an example docker-compose file, to facilitate using this container within docker networks.

To run a container with Shiny Server:

docker-compose up

Then visit http://localhost (i.e., http://localhost:80) in a web browser. If you have an app in /srv/shinyapps/appdir, you can run the app by visiting http://localhost/appdir/.

To add a Shiny app:

  1. Uncomment the last line of docker-compose.yml.
  2. Place the app in mountpoints/apps/the-name-of-the-app, replacing the-name-of-the-app with your app's name.

If you have an app in mountpoints/apps/appdir, you can run the app by visiting http://localhost/appdir/. (If using boot2docker, visit


The example docker-compose file will create a persistent volume for server logs, so that log data will persist across instances where the container is running. To access these logs, while the container is running, run docker exec -it shiny bash and then ls /var/log/shiny-server to see the available logs. To copy these logs to the host system for inspection, while the container is running, you can use, for example, docker cp shiny:/var/log/shiny-server ./logs_for_inspection.

Detached mode

In a real deployment scenario, you will probably want to run the container in detached mode (-d):

docker-compose up -d

Custom configuration

To add a custom configuration file, assuming the custom file is called shiny-customized.config, uncomment the line

COPY shiny-customized.config /etc/shiny-server/shiny-server.conf

in the Dockerfile, and then run docker-compose build shiny to rebuild the container. Inline comments above that line in the Dockerfile provide additional documentation.


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