Getting started

Main issue with RStudio Server installation is lack of convenient Debian/Ubuntu APT repositories and dependency on libssl0.9.8 package, only available in Debian Squeeze release, which is supported through Debian LTS project.

In contrast to this, debops.rstudio_server installs the packages through APT, without downloading them directly from upstream servers. You can install these packages either manually using dpkg, or add them to a local APT repository managed by debops.reprepro role (or other similar service).

Get the required packages

You need to download the packages listed below to Ansible Controller, or other host where they can be accessed. If you want, you can at this point add them to reprepro repository using includedeb option. Otherwise, you can install these packages manually on the remote host after running the role (see below).

RStudio Server package can be downloaded from the official RStudio website. You should pick the package for your architecture, usually it’s 64bit / amd64.
Required libssl package can be downloaded from You most certainly want latest squeeze-lts version of the package which is the only one currently supported.

Example inventory

To configure a host for RStudio Server, it needs to be in the [debops_rstudio_server] Ansible group:


You can run the role without the external packages present, debops.rstudio_server will check if they are available and won’t configure RStudio itself, however the nginx webserver and R environment will be installed.

Example playbook

Here’s an example playbook which uses debops.rstudio_server role:


- name: Install RStudio Server
  hosts: debops_rstudio_server

    - role: debops.rstudio_server
      tags: rstudio_server

Manual package installation

If you did not add the external packages to a local APT repository, you will need to install them manually. Copy the *.deb packages you downloaded to the remote host and install them using dpkg command:

scp path/to/*.deb remote-host:
ssh remote-host
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

After the packages have been installed, and before you re-run the debops.rstudio_server role, stop the rstudio-server service so that it can be reconfigured. on Debian Wheezy or systems with sysvinit or upstart, you can do that by running command:

sudo service rstudio-server stop

On Debian Jessie and other hosts with systemd, you do this by running command:

sudo systemctl stop rstudio-server.service

Next, re-run the debops.rstudio_server role. It will reconfigure the application to be accessible through the webserver and start it automatically.