pins (development version) Unreleased

  • Pins no longer register the code needed to recreate them as this tends to either be dangerous (it’s easy to accidentally leak credentails) or useless (it relies on variables that the connection pane doesn’t capture).

  • The board extension interface has changed. More info to follow.

  • All boards now have a board_ function that allows you create a board without registering it.

  • The “packages” board is no longer registered by default; if you want to use this you’ll need to register with board_register("packages").

pins 0.4.5 2021-01-05


  • Support downloading remote files when service returns incompatible data.txt file (#310).

  • Support for pins over 100MB in Windows systems (#313).

  • Avoid Windows crashing in pin() under some locales (#127).


  • Silenced ‘no encoding supplied’ warning (#330).


  • pin_find() no longer searches text with an undocumented regular expression syntax (#270).


  • Default to using HTTPS in S3 boards (#304).

  • Support for AWS V4 signatures when registering S3 boards with region parameter (#304)


  • Support for path to register a board under a subpath for Azure, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud and S3 boards (#200).

  • Avoid creating pins named with unsupported characters for Azure, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud and S3 boards (#193).


  • Properly store relative paths when path parameter is specified in GitHub boards (#199).

  • Add support for repos with a ‘main’ branch as default (#336).

  • Add support for large file in private repo releases (#292).

  • When a board is registered with versions = FALSE, GitHub tags are also delete when large files are present (#285).

RStudio Connect

  • Invalid ‘account’ or ‘server’ parameters show proper errors (#296).

  • Increase total entries retrieved with pin_find(), configurable with (#296).

  • Fix regression introduced in pins 0.4.2 (#253) preventing users from collaborating on existing pins they have access to (#302).

  • Avoid deleting pin when upload fails to avoid deleting versions (#306).

  • Support re-creating pins from pins not previously properly updated (#308).

  • Adjust pin preview to only display 1K rows instead of 10K (#315).

  • Avoid changing columns names on data frame preview (#190).

  • Improve error message when token authentication fails (#327).

pins 0.4.4 2020-10-30


  • For files bigger than 100MB pin() creates symlinks to speed up uploads, can be configured using the option (#273).

  • When using pin(zip = TRUE) the zip no longer contains local patahs (#277).

Google Cloud

  • Disable caching on data.txt to support creating multiple pins at once (#275).


  • Prevent connections pane from hanging when multiple pins are updated at once (#280).


RStudio Connect

  • Support for servers with mismatched http vs https protocols.

  • Make use of RSCONNECT_TAR when running a report inside RStudio Connect (#293).

pins 0.4.3 2020-07-10


  • Properly export board_pin_versions to allow custom boards extending versions (#265).


  • Fix regression creating pins when using a brand new cloud board (#268).

pins 0.4.2 2020-07-05


  • Fix issue removing pins with custom domain names from cloud boards (#234).

  • Fix warning when using pin() against storage locations with custom domain name (#237).

  • Fix issue where datatxt was not refreshing deleted entries (#239).

RStudio Connect

  • Support for versions = FALSE in board_register() to avoid using too much space when creating pins (#245).

  • Prevent administrators from overriding pins they don’t own, unless the pin is specified as user/name (#253).

  • Support to connect to servers that have a redirect configured when the full server URL is not specified in board_register() (#256).

  • Throw error when multiple accounts are associated to the same server (#261).

pins 0.4.1 2020-05-28


  • When running in production environments (which usually set the R_CONFIG_ACTIVE environment variable), avoid using shared caches.

  • Fix pin() failing to update cache when server returns NULL etag.

  • Support for custom_metadata in pin() to allow saving custom fields in data.txt file.

  • Improve performannce for pin() from URLs containing large files that are already been cached prerviously by pin() (#225).

  • Avoid showing upload or download progress when creating R Markdown documents and other non-interactive use cases (#227).

  • When pin(url) fails and local cache exists, produce warning and retrieve cached version (#231).

  • Support for pin(zip = TRUE) to create a zip file of the given path before creating the pin (#232).

RStudio Connect

  • Fix when overriding pin with corrupt metadata.

  • Avoid using shared caches when running inside RStudio Connect.

  • Fixed ‘invalid uid’ warning when creaating pin undner some Linux servers (#263).


  • Support to find and download competition datasets.

pins 0.4.0 2020-04-07

  • Support for versioning in all boards.

  • Support for DigitalOcean board.


  • Finding pins with pin_find() sort results by default (#201).

  • Avoid incomplete final line found warning error wheen reading manifests.

  • Support for using pin() across multiple concurrent processes (#182).

  • Support in pin_get() to download arbitrary files from cloud boards like Azure, DigitalOcean, GitHub, Google Cloud, RStudio Connect, and S3.

  • Fix issue where http HEAD requests could tgimeout and prevent pin from downloading in very slow connections.


  • Support access_type parameter for RStudio Connect.

  • pin() now refreshes the connections pane.

  • pin_remove() now refreshes the connections pane.

RStudio Connect

  • Support for code parameter in pin() to customize R code used in the UI to retrieve the pin (#77).

  • Improve error message for pin_get() with duplicate names (#171).

  • Fix board register error when using URL with ports (#195).

  • Enable retrieving public pins without authentication (#83).


  • Support for versions = FALSE in board_register() to also delete release files when pin is removed (#91).

  • Support for versions = FALSE in board_register() to avoid creating versioned GitHub releases (#197).

  • Support for committing all github files with a single commit (#197).

  • Support for custom GitHub hosts including GitHub Enterprise using the host parameter in board_register_github() (#163).


  • Using pin() now searches for data.txt files in URLs when the URL contains no file extension, behavior can be turnned off with the option.

pins 0.3.2 2020-02-06


  • pin_info() adds support for metadata parameter to avoid retrieving pin contents.


  • Added support for host parameter to configure “” to custom locations.


  • Fix regression uploading large datasets as release files.

pins 0.3.1 2020-01-10


  • pin_info() prints long character strings in their own line.

  • Fixed issue in pin_remove() for S3, Azure, GCloud, Google and website boards (#138).

  • Fixed issue when pinning complex data frames with nested lists (#142).



  • Fixed connection suggested code when caused by pin_find() (#137).

  • Fixed connection launcher for Azure connections.

RStudio Connect

  • Fix issue uploading large pins causing is.character(type) is not TRUE error.

  • Fix issue affecting boards registered with trailing slash (#151).

  • Improve error messages when a pin fails to be created (#149).

  • Added support for CONNECT_API_KEY and CONNECT_SERVER in place of RSCONNECT_API and RSCONNECT_SERVER, which they are still supported for backwards-compatibility.

pins 0.3.0 2019-11-26

  • Support for Azure board.

  • Support for Google Cloud board.

  • Support for S3 board.


  • pin() extracts URLs that end in .gz and zip, which can be disabled with pin("<url>", extract = FALSE).

  • pin() no longer prints the pin, you can revert this behavior with options(pins.invisible = FALSE) (#122).

  • Show upload progress for files larger than 10mb.

  • Avoid changing data.table when using pin() and get_pin().

  • Support for pin_info() to describe a pin and extended = TRUE in pin_find() to show all extended information about each pin.

  • Support for extract parameter in pin_get(), pin(), and pin_reactive() to override default file extraction behavior.

  • Support to extract gzip files when the R.utils package is installed.

  • Show download progress for files larger than 10mb.

  • Support for I() to force a pin to be created without additional overhead of exporting CSV and other enhancements (#73).

  • Support creating automatic name when using pin() and multiple URL.


  • Avoid “cannot create dir” warning in systems with an empty cache folder.


  • Gracefully handle errors when a pin’s preview can’t be created.

  • Website boards now support the browse menu item in the connection.

  • Fix data frames previewing character columns with special characters.

  • Fix connection code when a board is registered automatically.

RStudio Connect

  • Fix issue where pin_find() would not show all available pins.

  • Fix issue where RStudio Connections pane would not show all pins.

  • Store all downloaded content under user subfolder insited rsconnect cache.

  • Removed pin_find() workaround for beta rsconnect server where searching was causing timeout.

  • Fix for RStudio Connect servers where /content/ is not used in content URLs.

  • Fix issue expanding pins columns in RStudio for pins with similar names in RStudio Connect boards.

  • Fix issue removing pins with similar names in RStudio Connect boards.


  • Support for Python 3.



  • Various fixes for GitHub boards using the path parameter when registering the board (#121).

pins 0.2.0 2019-10-01

RStudio Connect

  • Support for retrieving pins shared by others in RStudio Connect boards.

  • Support for RStudio Connect servers running under a subpath in the server.

  • Add support for RSCONNECT_SERVER environment variable to ease configuration of automated RStudio Connect reports.

  • Fix intermittent failure to retrieve pins from RStudio Connect boards while creating them.

  • Fix in RStudio Connect boards to retrieve pins that match other pin names (#45).

  • Fix for data frames with nested data frames in rsconnect boards (#36).


  • board_register_github() now checks for the repo to exist (#63).

  • Adjusted max upload file to 25mb to avoid “server error” in the API, larger files than 25mb uploaded as release files. This can be configured using the pins.github.release option, which deefaults to 25.

  • Allow overriding GitHub pin over a pin that partially failed to be created.


  • Using a board will attempt to automatically register, such that pin(iris, board = "rsconnect") would work for the default configuration even when the board is not explicitly registered (#50).

  • Registers “local” board by default, you no longer need to explicitly run board_register_local() (#56).

  • Make use of the rappdirs package to define the default cache path, replaces ~/.pins. Use board_cache_path() to retrieve default cache path.


  • Fix for data.txt boards created from GitHub boards using large files.

pins 0.1.2 2019-09-04

  • Support to upload files larger than 50mb in GitHub boards as release files.

pins 0.1.1 2019-08-30

  • Fix CRAN request to explicitly opt-in to use local home path as cache by running board_register_local().

  • Fix error when retrieving pins from Kaggle boards (#31).

  • Support for large files in GitHub board (#30).

pins 0.1.0 2019-08-28

  • Support for local board.

  • Support for Kaggle board.

  • Support for packages board.

  • Support for RStudio Connect board.

  • Support for GitHub board.

  • Support for website board.