2.1 Version-stable deployments

When deploying R applications (e.g. a Shiny app) using Docker containers, it is important to control versioning of R and packages for the sake of reproducibilty and stability of the deployments. For this reason, version-stable images are provided as part of the Rocker project and used as a basis for deploying productive applications.

Each version-stable Rocker image has an associated tag for all non-latest R versions (e.g. rocker/r-ver:3.6.1). Besides being specific to the corresponding version of R, each tag fixes the version of contributed packages (by using as package repository the MRAN snapshot of the last day CRAN distributed that R version as latest release). See VERSIONS.md

The Dockerfile of a deployed application then defines a given version-stable image tag to start FROM, e.g.

FROM rocker/r-ver:3.6.1

See SmaRP/Dockerfile for an example.