rmarkdown (version 1.15)

# render: Render R Markdown

## Description

Render the input file to the specified output format using pandoc. If the input requires knitting then knit is called prior to pandoc.

## Usage

render(input, output_format = NULL, output_file = NULL,
output_dir = NULL, output_options = NULL, intermediates_dir = NULL,
knit_root_dir = NULL, runtime = c("auto", "static", "shiny",
"shiny_prerendered"), clean = TRUE, params = NULL,
knit_meta = NULL, envir = parent.frame(), run_pandoc = TRUE,
quiet = FALSE, encoding = "UTF-8")

## Arguments

input

The input file to be rendered. This can be an R script (.R), an R Markdown document (.Rmd), or a plain markdown document.

output_format

The R Markdown output format to convert to. The option "all" will render all formats defined within the file. The option can be the name of a format (e.g. "html_document") and that will render the document to that single format. One can also use a vector of format names to render to multiple formats. Alternatively, you can pass an output format object (e.g. html_document()). If using NULL then the output format is the first one defined in the YAML frontmatter in the input file (this defaults to HTML if no format is specified there).

output_file

The name of the output file. If using NULL then the output filename will be based on filename for the input file. If a filename is provided, a path to the output file can also be provided. Note that the output_dir option allows for specifying the output file path as well, however, if also specifying the path, the directory must exist. If output_file is specified but does not have a file extension, an extension will be automatically added according to the output format. To avoid the automatic file extension, put the output_file value in I(), e.g., I('my-output').

output_dir

The output directory for the rendered output_file. This allows for a choice of an alternate directory to which the output file should be written (the default output directory of that of the input file). If a path is provided with a filename in output_file the directory specified here will take precedence. Please note that any directory path provided will create any necessary directories if they do not exist.

output_options

List of output options that can override the options specified in metadata (e.g. could be used to force self_contained or mathjax = "local"). Note that this is only valid when the output format is read from metadata (i.e. not a custom format object passed to output_format).

intermediates_dir

Intermediate files directory. If a path is specified then intermediate files will be written to that path. If NULL, intermediate files are written to the same directory as the input file.

knit_root_dir

The working directory in which to knit the document; uses knitr's root.dir knit option. If NULL then the behavior will follow the knitr default, which is to use the parent directory of the document.

runtime

The runtime target for rendering. The static option produces output intended for static files; shiny produces output suitable for use in a Shiny document (see run). The default, auto, allows the runtime target specified in the YAML metadata to take precedence, and renders for a static runtime target otherwise.

clean

Using TRUE will clean intermediate files that are created during rendering.

params

A list of named parameters that override custom params specified within the YAML front-matter (e.g. specifying a dataset to read or a date range to confine output to). Pass "ask" to start an application that helps guide parameter configuration.

knit_meta

(This option is reserved for expert use.) Metadata generated by knitr.

envir

The environment in which the code chunks are to be evaluated during knitting (can use new.env() to guarantee an empty new environment).

run_pandoc

An option for whether to run pandoc to convert Markdown output.

quiet

An option to suppress printing of the pandoc command line.

encoding

The encoding of the input file. See file for more information.

## Value

When run_pandoc = TRUE, the compiled document is written into the output file, and the path of the output file is returned. When run_pandoc = FALSE, the path of the Markdown output file, with attributes knit_meta (the knitr meta data collected from code chunks) and intermediates (the intermediate files/directories generated by render()).

## R Markdown

R Markdown supports all of the base pandoc markdown features as well as some optional features for compatibility with GitHub Flavored Markdown (which previous versions of R Markdown were based on). See rmarkdown_format for details.

## Details

Note that the knitr error option is set to FALSE during rendering (which is different from the knitr default value of TRUE).

For additional details on rendering R scripts see Compiling R scripts to a notebook.

If no output_format parameter is specified then the output format is read from the YAML front-matter of the input file. For example, the following YAML would yield a PDF document:

output: pdf_document


output:
pdf_document:
toc: true
highlight: zenburn


Multiple formats can be specified in metadata. If no output_format is passed to render then the first one defined will be used:

output:
pdf_document:
toc: true
highlight: zenburn
html_document:
toc: true
theme: united


Formats specified in metadata can be any one of the built in formats (e.g. html_document, pdf_document) or a format defined in another package (e.g. pkg::custom_format).

If there is no format defined in the YAML then html_document will be used.

## Examples

# NOT RUN {
library(rmarkdown)

# Render the default (first) format defined in the file
render("input.Rmd")

# Render all formats defined in the file
render("input.Rmd", "all")

# Render a single format
render("input.Rmd", "html_document")

# Render multiple formats
render("input.Rmd", c("html_document", "pdf_document"))
# }