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This package allows users to create a shortcut for their shiny app that, when run, will launch the app directly in the user’s default browser. No need to navigate to the correct working directory in R (or even to open R at all!). Simply run the shortcut and the app will fire up. Works for both windows and linux based systems.

Inspired by this blog post by Mark Sellors at Mango Solutions.


# Package not yet on CRAN, needs installed from Github:
# install.packages("devtools")


The package loads just a single function, also named shinyShortcut(). It takes three arguments:

The function writes an exectuable script (.vbs on windows and .desktop on unix) in to the app’s home directory. Shortcuts to this file can then be created elsewhere on the user’s system. The function also creates a new directory /.shiny_run into which is written the raw batch or bash script (Windows and unix respectively) that runs the shiny app.

When the shinyDirectory is the current working directory then the default arguments are sufficient.