This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://blog.rstudio.com/2021/10/04/pins-1-0-0
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I’m delighted to announce that pins 1.0.0 is now available on CRAN. The pins package publishes data, models, and other R objects, making it easy to share them across projects and with your colleagues. You can pin objects to a variety of pin boards, including folders (to share on a networked drive or with services like DropBox), RStudio Connect, Amazon S3, and Azure blob storage. Pins can be versioned, making it straightforward to track changes, re-run analyses on historical data, and undo mistakes. Our users have found numerous ways to use this ability to fluently share and version data and other objects, such as automating ETL for a Shiny app.
You can install pins with:
pins 1.0.0 includes a major overhaul of the API. The legacy API (
board_register() , and friends) will continue to work, but new features will only be implemented with the new API, so we encourage you to switch to the modern API as quickly as possible. If you’re an existing pins user, you can learn more about the changes and how to update you code in
To use the pins package, you must first create a pin board. A good place to start is
board_folder() , which stores pins in a directory you specify. Here I’ll use a special version of
board_temp() which creates a temporary board that’s automatically deleted when your R session ends. This is great for examples, but obviously you shouldn’t use it for real work!
library(pins) board <- board_temp() board #> Pin board <pins_board_folder> #> Path: '/tmp/RtmpLu2Bkx/pins-114af466104ab' #> Cache size: 0
You can “pin” (save) data to a board with
pin_write() . It takes three arguments: the board to pin to, an object, and a name:
board %>% pin_write(head(mtcars), "mtcars") #> Guessing `type = 'rds'` #> Creating new version '20211004T155644Z-f8797' #> Writing to pin 'mtcars'
As you can see, the data saved as an
.rds by default, but depending on what you’re saving and who else you want to read it, you might use the
type argument to instead save it as a
arrow , or
You can later retrieve the pinned data with
board %>% pin_read("mtcars") #> mpg cyl disp hp drat wt qsec vs am gear carb #> Mazda RX4 21.0 6 160 110 3.90 2.620 16.46 0 1 4 4 #> Mazda RX4 Wag 21.0 6 160 110 3.90 2.875 17.02 0 1 4 4 #> Datsun 710 22.8 4 108 93 3.85 2.320 18.61 1 1 4 1 #> Hornet 4 Drive 21.4 6 258 110 3.08 3.215 19.44 1 0 3 1 #> Hornet Sportabout 18.7 8 360 175 3.15 3.440 17.02 0 0 3 2 #> Valiant 18.1 6 225 105 2.76 3.460 20.22 1 0 3 1
A board on your computer is good place to start, but the real power of pins comes when you use a board that’s shared with multiple people. To get started, you can use
board_folder() with a directory on a shared drive or using Dropbox, or if you use RStudio Connect you can use
board <- board_rsconnect() #> Connecting to RSC 22.214.171.124 at <https://connect.rstudioservices.com> board %>% pin_write(tidy_sales_data, "sales-summary", type = "rds") #> Writing to pin 'hadley/sales-summary'
Then, someone else (or an automated Rmd report) can read and use your pin:
board <- board_rsconnect() board %>% pin_read("hadley/sales-summary")
You can easily control who gets to access the data using the RStudio Connection permissions pane.
As well as
board_rsconnect() , pins 1.0.0 provides:
board_azure(), which uses Azure’s blob storage.
board_s3(), which uses Amazon’s S3 storage platform.
board_ms365(), which uses Microsoft’s OneDrive or SharePoint. (Thanks to contribution from Hong Ooi)
Future versions of the pins package are likely to include other backends as we learn from our users what would be most useful.