RStudio Server


Visual interface for the R statistics program





RStudio is a visual interface for the R statistics program.  Swarthmore runs an RStudio Server instance at (requires VPN from off-campus).  

To obtain an RStudio Server account, email or visit and request an RStudio Server account.  Professors can specify an entire class roster to add to the server.  

RStudio Server requires VPN when accessing the site from off-campus.

Class Folders

ITS can create shared folders for class use, which can be useful to distribute data files.  Email or visit to request an RStudio Server class folder, specifying the name of the course.

Additional Resources


Terminal or shell not working

If there are problems with opening up a new Terminal or Shell, try going to Tools → Global Options → Terminal.  Then uncheck "Connect with Websockets".

Cannot access from off campus

RStudio Server requires VPN when using the site from off-campus.

Cannot log in

The two most common causes for logging-in problems:

  • Make sure an account has been created for you

  • Use all lowercase when entering your username on the login screen

Ways you can contact ITS or find information:

ITS Support Portal:
Phone: x4357 (HELP) or 610-328-8513
Check out our remote resources at
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