This package provides an R client for the Posit Connect Server API as well as helpful functions that utilize the client. The package is based on the
rsconnnect package, but is publicly exported to be easier to use, is extensible via an R6 class, and is separated from the
rsconnect package for easier support and maintenance.
Because many of these functions are experimental, it is advisable to be cautious about (1) upgrading the package, (2) upgrading Posit Connect when you care about the reproducibility of workflows that use
connectapi. As a result, we would advise:
Please pay careful attention to the lifecycle badges of the various functions and warnings present when you are using experimental features.
Also, please share feedback!! We love hearing how the Posit Connect Server API is helpful and what additional endpoints would be useful!!
To install from CRAN:
To install the development version:
To create a client:
library(connectapi) client <- connect( server = 'https://connect.example.com', api_key = '<SUPER SECRET API KEY>' )
You can also define the following environment variables (in a
.Renviron file, for instance):
= https://connect.example.com CONNECT_SERVER = my-secret-api-keyCONNECT_API_KEY
These environment variable values will be used automatically if defined in your R session.
Once a client is defined, you can use it to interact with Posit Connect.
You can use the
get_ methods to retrieve data from the Posit Connect server.
rsconnect package is usually used for deploying content to Connect. However, if you want to use programmatic deployment with the Posit Connect Server API, then these
connectapi helpers should be useful!
library(connectapi) client <- connect() # deploying content # NOTE: a `manifest.json` should already exist from `rsconnect::writeManifest()` bundle <- bundle_dir("./path/to/directory") content <- client %>% deploy(bundle, name = "my-app-name") %>% poll_task() # set an image for content content %>% set_image_path("./my/local/image.png") content %>% set_image_url("http://url.example.com/image.png") # set image and a vanity URL content %>% set_image_path("./my/local/image.png") %>% set_vanity_url("/my-awesome-app") # change access_type to "anyone" content$update(access_type = "all") # edit another piece of content client %>% content_item("the-content-guid") %>% set_vanity_url("/another-awesome-app") # migrate content to another server client_prod <- connect( server = "prod.example.com", api_key = "my-secret-key" ) prod_bnd <- client %>% content_item("the-guid-to-promote") %>% download_bundle() client_prod %>% deploy(prod_bnd, title = "Now in Production") %>% set_vanity_url("/my-app") # open a browser to the content item client_prod %>% browse_dashboard() client_prod %>% browse_solo() # open a browser to the docs client_prod %>% browse_api_docs()
Access Denied Errors?
This is likely due to either (1)
Connect$api_key being defined improperly or (2) you do not have access to the Posit Connect cluster to do the operation in question
Constant warning about version numbers
This warning is intentionally chatty. While version number mismatches between Posit Connect and
connectapi can be benign, we want you to be clear that
connectapi is tightly coupled to a version of Posit Connect (because Posit Connect’s APIs change over time).
We strive to:
These priorities are sometimes at odds, and sometimes they create inconsistencies between versions as a result. To mitigate this, we recommend:
connectapiin use for your applications by using
connectapior Posit Connect
Error - Need to update Posit Connect
As a helpful clarification for users, we have added error messages to API requests when the version implemented in the package specifically introduces a backwards incompatible dependency on older versions of Posit Connect.
If you get this error message, our recommendation would be:
NEWS.mdto find the moment the change was introduced
connectapito the previous version of the package
Please feel free to open an Issue if you think there is a bug, or ask a free-form question on Posit Community
Other ideas for FAQs or Common Issues?
Please submit a PR! We would love to have your contribution!
Please note that the connectapi project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.