Deploying Shiny apps to the web
Once you’ve written your Shiny app, you can make it available to anyone who has a web browser, using our Shiny Server software. You can either host the applications on your own server, or let us host your Shiny applications for you.
If you want a simple way to distribute your Shiny app so that users can run them on their own computers, see Sharing apps to run locally.
However if you want your users to access your apps easily via their browser, you will need to deploy your apps to the web. The following four
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With our open-source Shiny Server software, you can deploy Shiny applications to the web so that users need only a web browser and your application’s URL. Shiny Server allows you to take advantage of centralized computing resources, and requires a Linux server that you will need to set up and maintain. To can find out more about Shiny Server, see Introduction to Shiny Server.
RStudio Connect is RStudio’s publishing platform for the work your teams create in R. With RStudio Connect, you can share Shiny applications, R Markdown reports, dashboards, plots, Jupyter Notebooks, and more in one convenient place with push-button publishing from the RStudio IDE. Features include scheduled execution of reports and flexible security policies to bring the power of data science to your entire enterprise. Find out more about RStudio Connect here.
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