analogsea v0.8.0


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Interface to 'Digital Ocean'

Provides a set of functions for interacting with the 'Digital Ocean' API at <>, including creating images, destroying them, rebooting, getting details on regions, and available images.



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analogsea is an R client for version 2 of the Digital Ocean API. See ?droplet_functions after loading analogsea. It allows you to programatically create and destroy droplets (remote computers), and install various R related tools: (these are still a work in progress):

  • R (done)
  • RStudio Server (done)
  • RStudio Shiny Server (done)
  • OpenCPU (not yet)
  • Use packrat to move a project to a droplet (not yet)


Stable version from CRAN


Development version from GitHub


Create a DO account

If you don't already have one, create a DO account. By using this link, you'll start with $10 in credits (enough for >600 hours of computing on a 1 gb machine), and if you become a digital ocean customer we'll get some DO credits for us to offset our costs for testing. Thanks :)


The best way to authenticate is to generate a personal access token ( and save it in an environment variable called DO_PAT. If you don't do this, you'll be prompted to authenticate in your browser the first time you use analogsea.

Make sure you provide digitial ocean your public key at Github has some good advice on creating a new public key if you don't already have one:

Get droplets

All droplets

<r> droplets()
<droplet>unintrenchable (2724525)
  Status: off
  Region: San Francisco 1
  Image: Ubuntu 14.04 x64
  Size: 512mb ($0.00744 / hr)

<droplet>basipterygium (2724526)
  Status: active
  Region: San Francisco 1
  Image: Ubuntu 14.04 x64
  Size: 512mb ($0.00744 / hr)

A single droplet. Pass in a single droplet id.

<droplet>unintrenchable (2724525)
  Status: off
  Region: San Francisco 1
  Image: Ubuntu 14.04 x64
  Size: 512mb ($0.00744 / hr)

Spin up a new droplet

To make this as dead simple as possible, you just use one function, without any parameters.

Using default ssh key: Jane Doe
NB: This costs $0.00744 / hour  until you droplet_delete() it
<droplet>sabaoth (2727258)
  Status: new
  Region: San Francisco 1
  Image: Ubuntu 14.04 x64
  Size: 512mb ($0.00744 / hr)

You can of course pass in lots of options for name of the droplet, RAM size, disk size, ssh keys, etc. See regions() and sizes() to list available regions and sizes.

Delete a droplet



Most of the droplet_* functions can be chained together using the %>% function. For example, you can turn a droplet off, snapshot, and then turn it back on with:

d %>%
   droplet_power_off() %>%
   droplet_snapshot() %>%
   droplet_power_on() %>%


We're still working on these, but would love feedback.

Install RStudio Server

This requires a "docklet", a droplet with docker installed:

docklet_create() %>%

This will install R, RStudio Server and it's dependencies. It will automatically pop open the RStudio server instance in your default browser, with default username/password of rstudio/server.


Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Functions in analogsea

Name Description
analogsea-package R client for Digital Ocean
droplets_create Create many new droplets.
account Get account information
image_actions Retrieve an action associated with a particular image id.
analogsea-deprecated Deprecated functions in analogsea
analogsea-defunct Defunct functions in analogsea
httr-verbs httr wrappers.
do_oauth Authorize with Digital Ocean.
neighbors List neighbors
do_options Set Digital Ocean options including ssh keys, etc.
action Retrieve an existing action by action id
droplet_create Create a new droplet.
actions List actions across all droplets.
droplet_delete Delete a droplet.
domains Get information on a single domain or all your domains.
firewall_add_droplets Add/remove droplets to a firewall
tag_create Create a tag
docklet_create Docklets: docker on droplets.
tag_delete Delete a tag
droplet Retrieve a single droplet.
firewall_add_tags Add/remove tags to a firewall
droplet_actions Retrieve a droplet action or list all actions associatd with a droplet.
droplet_action Perform various actions on a droplet.
adjectives Adjectives to use for seeding random word selection when name not given for a droplet
nouns Nouns to use for seeding random word selection when name not given for a droplet
droplet_modify Modify a droplet.
docklets_create Docklets: docker on droplets - create many docklets
droplet_kernels_list List all available kernels for a droplet.
droplet_reuse Reuse a droplet or image by name
image_convert Convert an backup image to a snapshot.
droplet_snapshot Take and restore snapshots.
rate_limit Rate limit information for the authenticated user.
space_create Create a new Space
regions Get list of regions and their metadata
image_delete Rename/delete an image
as.snapshot Snapshot operations
words 1000 words to use for seeding random word selection when name not given for a droplet
droplet_wait Wait for a droplet to be ready.
droplets List all available droplets.
image_transfer Transfer an image to a specified region.
as.domain_record List, create, update, and delete domain records.
certificate_delete Delete a certificate
droplet_do_actions Perform actions on one or more droplets associated with a tag
domain_create Create/delete domains.
as.certificate Get list of certificate and their metadata, or a single certificate
keys List your ssh keys, or get a single key
project_delete Delete a project
key-crud Create, update, and delete ssh keys.
project_patch Update certain aspects of a project
droplet_ssh Remotely execute ssh code, upload & download files.
droplet_execute Execute R code on a droplet.
as.image Get list of images and their metadata, or a single image
firewall_delete Delete a firewall
droplet_upgrades_list List all droplets that are scheduled to be upgraded.
%>% Pipe operator
tag_resource_delete Untag a resource
sizes Get all the available sizes that can be used to create a droplet.
tags List tags
resize Resize a droplet by power off, snapshot, and create new droplet
project_create Create a project
as.project Get list of projects and their metadata, or a single project
spaces List all Spaces.
as.firewall Get list of firewalls and their metadata, or a single firewall
project_update Update all aspects of a project
spaces_info DigitalOcean Spaces
spaces_GET Internal helper method to get information about a Space
standardise_keys Standardise specification of ssh keys.
tag_rename Rename a tag
tag_resource Tag a resource
volume_attach Attach a volume to a droplet
as.volume Block storage operations Coerce an object to a space
debian Helpers for managing a debian droplets.
cloud_config Generate cloud config file.
droplet_freeze Freeze/thaw droplets.
droplets_cost Calculate cost across droplets
droplet_functions Functions for DigitalOcean (DO) droplets
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Packaged 2020-01-29 22:51:58 UTC; sckott
Repository CRAN
Date/Publication 2020-01-30 09:00:17 UTC

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