Hi. I'm looking for a tool like pip for Python and npm for Node.js that could specify my R app dependencies and install when needed. Anyone knows if R has this tool?
I think you will be interested in the #r-admin:package-manager channel. I will move your thread there.
This is also related to a topic there
Here is a list of tools that I know of and that could be useful to you
packrat from rstudio is a great way to isolate environment. it uses a
packrat.lockfile for storing dependencies
- See also webinars
jetpack is designed as a CLI, above packrat. Another approach really interesting, that uses a
DESCRIPTIONfile - the same used for package.
- rsuite , a more integrated solution
automagic uses a
deps.yamlto then automatically install missing dependency.
- deplearning which will scan a code to identify missing dependencies
- autoinst does basically the same. Install missing dependencies.
based on the way you asked your question, the two first could be of interest to you.
Personnaly, I currently use
packrat for dependencies management to prepare deployment.
If you create a package for your app, you can specify the dependencies. Then, if people can install it from a CRAN-like repository, whenever somebody runs
install.packages("mypackage"), it will automatically install all dependencies.
Setting up a package repository isn't hard. You just need a drive or server everyone can access and to follow the official instructions. Then have people add it to the list of repositories (usually done in an
options(repos = c("path/to/internal/repo", getOption("repos")))