[R-pkg-devel] Keeping secrets in R packages

Hadley Wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 15:19:17 CEST 2015

The API key and "secret" aren't actually secrets so you can include in the


On Friday, June 5, 2015, Neal Fultz <nfultz at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am working on updating the RGoogleDocs package to use OAuth2, since the
> old api was recently turned off (at my job we use it as a poor mans
> database).
> As part of the auth process, I need to send google a client key and secret
> in order to gain access to a spreadsheet. Is there a 'safe' place to store
> the secret?
> I would strongly prefer not requiring my end users to have to sign up for
> their own google API keys, but I also do not want to store the secret in
> the clear.
> Any suggestions on best practices?
> -Neal Fultz
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