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Standalone Shiny Apps with systemd

Peter Solymos takes us through configuring a Shiny application which runs via systemd:

Lots of resources describe how you can host Shiny apps with Docker, Shiny Server, or via other means. But we also know Shiny apps can be launched locally. What makes your local setup different from these other options is that your local machine does not usually have a static internet protocol (IPv4) address. Without a static IPv4, it is really hard to share the app with other people because the address keeps changing unpredictably, and you might sometimes power off your machine.

Shiny uses the httpuv R package under the hood which is an HTTP and websocket server library. Could you just run Shiny directly on a remote server? This post explores this topic using systemd the system and service manager for most modern Linux distributions. All I am trying to do in this post is to make a point that the shiny R package is really self-sufficient and in the simplest case, it does not need any other layer for sharing an app.

Click through for the process. H/T R-Bloggers.

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