Running RStudio on Digital Ocean, AWS etc Using Tutum and Docker Containers

June 24, 2015
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Via RBloggers I noticed a tutorial today on Setting Rstudio server using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In the post Getting Started With Personal App Containers in the Cloud I described how I linked my tutum account to a Digital Ocean hosting account and then launched a Digital Ocean server. (How to link tutum to Amazon AWS is described here: tutum support: Link your Amazon Web Services account.)

Having launched a server (also described in Getting Started With Personal App Containers in the Cloud), we can now create a new service that will fire up an RStudio container.

First up, we need to locate a likely container – the official one is the rocker/rstudio image:

New_Service_Wizard___Tutum

Having selected the image, we need to do a little bit of essential configuration (we could do more, like giving the service a new name):

New_Service_Wizard___Tutum2

Specifically, we need to publish the port so that it’s publicly viewable – then we can Create and Deploy the service:

New_Service_Wizard___Tutum3

After a minute or two, the service should be up and running:

rstudio-8a316887___Tutum4

We can now find the endpoint, and click through to it (note: we need to change the URL from a tcp:// address to an http:// one. (Am I doing something wrong in the set up to stop the http URL being minted as the service endpoint?)

rstudio-8a316887___Tutum5

URL tweaked, you should now be able to see an RStudio login screen. The default user is rstudio and the default password rstudio too:

RStudio_Sign_In

And there we have it:-)

RStudio

So we don’t continue paying for the server, I generally stop the container and then terminate it to destroy it…

rstudio-8a316887___Tutum

So, assuming the Amazon sign-up process is painless, I’m assuming it shouldn’t be much harder than that?

By the by, it’s possible to link containers to other containers; here’s an example (on the desktop, using boot2docker, that links an RStudio container to a MySQL database: Connecting RStudio and MySQL Docker Containers – an example using the ergast db. When I get a chance, I’ll have a go at doing that via tutum too…

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