Discover packages used within the current project, and then initialize a project-local private R library with those packages. The currently-installed versions of any packages in use (as detected within the default R libraries) are then installed to the project's private library.

init(
  project = NULL,
  ...,
  settings = NULL,
  bare = FALSE,
  force = FALSE,
  restart = interactive()
)

Arguments

project

The project directory. The R working directory will be changed to match the requested project directory.

...

Unused arguments, reserved for future expansion. If any arguments are matched to ..., renv will signal an error.

settings

A list of settings to be used with the newly-initialized project.

bare

Boolean; initialize the project without attempting to discover and install R package dependencies?

force

Boolean; force initialization? By default, renv will refuse to initialize the home directory as a project, to defend against accidental mis-usages of init().

restart

Boolean; attempt to restart the R session after initializing the project? A session restart will be attempted if the "restart" R option is set by the frontend embedding R.

Value

The project directory, invisibly. Note that this function is normally called for its side effects.

Details

The primary steps taken when initializing a new project are:

  1. R package dependencies are discovered within the R files used within the project with dependencies();

  2. Discovered packages are copied into the renv global package cache, so these packages can be re-used across future projects as necessary;

  3. Any missing R package dependencies discovered are then installed into the project's private library;

  4. A lockfile capturing the state of the project's library is created with snapshot();

  5. The project is activated with activate().

This mimics the workflow provided by packrat::init(), but with a few differences -- in particular, renv does not attempt to download and store package sources, and renv will re-use packages that have already been installed whenever possible.

If renv sees that the associated project has already been initialized and has a lockfile, then it will attempt to infer the appropriate action to take based on the presence of a private library. If no library is available, renv will restore the private library from the lockfile; if one is available, renv will ask if you want to perform a 'standard' init, restore from the lockfile, or activate the project without taking any further action.

Infrastructure

renv will write or amend the following files in the project:

  • .Rprofile: An auto-loader will be installed, so that new R sessions launched within the project are automatically loaded.

  • renv/activate.R: This script is run by the previously-mentioned .Rprofile to load the project.

  • renv/.gitignore: This is used to instruct Git to ignore the project's private library, as it should normally not be committed to a version control repository.

  • .Rbuildignore: to ensure that the renv directory is ignored during package development; e.g. when attempting to build or install a package using renv.

Examples

if (FALSE) { # disable automatic snapshots auto.snapshot <- getOption("renv.config.auto.snapshot") options(renv.config.auto.snapshot = FALSE) # initialize a new project (with an empty R library) renv::init(bare = TRUE) # install digest 0.6.19 renv::install("digest@0.6.19") # save library state to lockfile renv::snapshot() # remove digest from library renv::remove("digest") # check library status renv::status() # restore lockfile, thereby reinstalling digest 0.6.19 renv::restore() # restore automatic snapshots options(renv.config.auto.snapshot = auto.snapshot) }