[R-pkgs] Rook: software and specification for R web applications and servers

Jeffrey Horner jeffrey.horner at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 23:20:04 CET 2012

Dear  useRs,

Rook version 1.0-3 has been submitted to CRAN. In the mean time you
can get it here:


The latest release contains support for deployment with rApache. Please see
3.6.5 and 3.6.6 under section 'Configuring rApache' in the manual:


What is Rook? A package that does three things:

- It provides a way to run R web applications on your desktop with the
new internal R web server named Rhttpd. Please see the Rhttpd help page.

- It provides a set of reference classes you can use to write you R
web applications. The following help pages provide more information:
Brewery, Builder, File, Middleware, Redirect, Request, Response, Static,
URLMap, and Utils. Also see the example web applications located in

- It provides a specification for writing your R web applications to
work on any web server that supports the Rook specification.

You may not see the need for web applications written in R, but consider
using Rook to build a statistical engine that complements a front-end
web system, or consider creating elegant ggplot2 graphics on-demand from
a fresh data stream. Also, consider creating dynamic instructional content
for the classroom.

If you have other examples or ideas, please join in the discussion on
R-help or here:


Jeffrey Horner

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