RStudio Server on Ubuntu

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Rodney Dyer (Center for Environmental Studies)

Ubuntu server is a nice platform for server-related activities. Here is a short tutorial of how I updated my most current version to the latest available by Here is how I got it going.

If this is your first install, you need to grab the gdebi stuff

sudo apt-get install gdebi-core 

Next download the latest deb from rstudio. I typically like to try out the preview release, often stable enough to get what you want done while at the same time highlighting the latest features. When writing, it was the 1.2.1321 version.


Make sure to check the md5sum!

If you already have it running, stop it with

sudo rstudio-server stop

then install the new version

sudo gdebi rstudio-server-1.2.1321-amd64.deb 

This went out and grabbed some other libraries and installed everything for me then turned it back on. Since I had it already installed, that was the end of it. If this is the first time you are installing it, you can configure it following the installation guide here.

Richmond, Virginia


For attribution, please cite this work as

Dyer (2019, March 8). The Dyer Laboratory: RStudio Server on Ubuntu. Retrieved from

BibTeX citation

  author = {Dyer, Rodney},
  title = {The Dyer Laboratory: RStudio Server on Ubuntu},
  url = {},
  year = {2019}