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Audit Content Sharing Settings on RStudio Connect#

Understanding Content Sharing#

The default access settings are set up such that only the original publisher is able to view a piece of content. This means that the content will not be visible to other users on RStudio Connect until the default access settings are updated.

There are several visibility options, arranged from most open to least:

  • Anyone - no login required (all)
  • All users - login required (logged_in)
  • Specific users or groups (acl)

Choosing "Specific users or groups" allows the content owner to share a content item with individual named user accounts or groups registered on the RStudio Connect server.

Auditing Content with acl Settings#

Content shared with specific users or groups has an associated Access Control List (acl). This report template can be used to pull detailed information such as the actual user accounts and groups that have been given access to each content item of type acl.

Step 1 - Get the report code#

Step 2 - Run & Customize the report#

This R Markdown report uses the /v1/content/{guid}/permissions API endpoint available in RStudio Connect 1.8.6 and later. Visit the RStudio Connect API Reference documentation for more information.


Create an .Renviron file to store your API key and RStudio Connect server URL.

Your RStudio Connect server URL is the same URL you use to access the RStudio Connect dashboard, minus the connect path. If you access the dashboard at, the server URL is

# ~/.Renviron
# The CONNECT_SERVER URL must have a trailing slash.

Restart your R session to pick up on the new environment variables.

Step 3 - Publish the report to RStudio Connect#

If you are push-button publishing from the RStudio IDE, we recommend the selection "Publish document with source code" so that the report can be re-executed on a schedule. 1

Step 4 (optional) - Set the report to update on a schedule#

Automate a data refresh of your report by setting it up to run on a schedule. Open the Schedule content management pane to get started.

Read more about Scheduling in the RStudio Connect User Guide.

  1. If you are using RStudio v 1.8.8 or higher, RStudio Connect will automatically provide these environment variables for you when you publish. If you are on an older version of Connect, or if this feature has been disabled by your admin, you should reference for how to create an API key and for how to input environment variables into the Vars pane of Connect.