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Audit Unpublished Content on RStudio Connect#

Answer the Question:

  • How many content items have been left in an unpublished state on the server?

This report runs an audit of content items on your RStudio Connect server with an "unknown" app_mode. A content item can end up in this state when it fails to deploy. Content items that were last deployed over thirty days ago and remain unknown should likely be cleaned up (removed).

Step 1 - Get the report code#

Step 2 - Run & Customize the report#

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

Requirements: Administrator API Key

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.