Connect to r-hub, from R

Run R CMD check on any of the r-hub architectures, from the command line.


r-hub is a multi-platform build and check service for R packages. This packages uses the r-hub API to connect to r-hub and start package checks on various architectures.





Validating your email address

To build packages, first you need to validate your email address with validate_email(). The package tries to detect your email address, and if it fails to do this correctly, you'll need to specify it.

rhub stores the token permanently on the machine, so you do not need to validate your email again. You can also copy your token to other machines, see list_validated_emails().

Currently you cannot use the token obtained via this function, in the Web UI of r-hub.

Listing r-hub platforms

#> debian-gcc-devel:
#>   Debian Linux, R-devel, GCC
#> debian-gcc-patched:
#>   Debian Linux, R-patched, GCC
#> debian-gcc-release:
#>   Debian Linux, R-release, GCC
#> fedora-clang-devel:
#>   Fedora Linux, R-devel, clang, gfortran
#> fedora-gcc-devel:
#>   Fedora Linux, R-devel, GCC
#> linux-x86_64-centos6-epel:
#>   CentOS 6, stock R from EPEL
#> linux-x86_64-centos6-epel-rdt:
#>   CentOS 6 with Redhat Developer Toolset, R from EPEL
#> linux-x86_64-rocker-gcc-san:
#>   Debian Linux, R-devel, GCC ASAN/UBSAN
#> ubuntu-gcc-devel:
#>   Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS, R-devel, GCC
#> ubuntu-gcc-release:
#>   Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS, R-release, GCC
#> windows-x86_64-devel:
#>   Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, R-devel, 32/64 bit
#> windows-x86_64-oldrel:
#>   Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, R-oldrel, 32/64 bit
#> windows-x86_64-patched:
#>   Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, R-patched, 32/64 bit
#> windows-x86_64-release:
#>   Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, R-release, 32/64 bit

You can use the platform ids (e.g. debian-gcc-devel) to select between platforms.

Run a package check

check() runs an R CMD check on the package in the specified directory, or specified source R package tarball created by R CMD build or devtools::build(). It defaults to the working directory.


In interactive R sessions, the output of the check is printed to the screen.

Shortcuts for quick checks

These are quick shortcuts that select the right platform:

  • check_on_linux() and check_on_windows() select the operating system.
  • check_on_debian(), check_on_ubuntu(), check_on_fedora() and check_on_centos() select an appropriate Linux platform.
  • check_with_roldrel(), check_with_rrelease(), check_with_rpatched() and check_with_rdevel() select an R version.
  • check_with_valgrind() runs the build and check on Linux, in valgrind to find memory leaks and pointer errors.
  • check_with_sanitizers() runs all package package tests, examples and vignettes with Address Sanitizer and Undefined Behavior Sanitizer, see below.

Sanitizers for compiled code

r-hub provides a special Docker image to run Address Sanitizer (ASAN) and Undefined Behavior Sanitizer (UBSAN). This is based on the r-devel-san image of the Rocker project.

This image does not run R CMD check at all, but it runs

  1. package tests,
  2. all manual examples, and
  3. all vignette code

with ASAN and UBSAN enabled.


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January 1st, 1970

Functions in rhub (1.0.1)