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Repo is a data-centered data flow manager. It allows to store R data files in a central local repository, together with tags, annotations, provenance and dependence information. Any saved object can then be easily located and loaded through the repo interface.

A paper about Repo has been published in BMC Bioinformatics.

Latest news are found in the file of the “Untested” branch.

Minimal example

Creating a dummy repository under the R temporary folder (skipping confirmation):

rp <- repo_open(tempdir(), force=T)
#> Repo created.

Storing data. In this case, just item values and names are specified:

God <- Inf
rp$put(God)          ## item name inferred from variable name
rp$put(0, "user")    ## item name specified

More data with specified dependencies:

rp$put(pi, "The Pi costant", depends="God")
rp$put(1:10, "r", depends="user")

Loading items from the repository on the fly using names:

diam <- 2 * rp$get("r")
circum <- 2 * rp$get("The Pi costant") * rp$get("r")
area <- rp$get("The Pi costant") * rp$get("r") ^ 2

Storing more data with verbose descriptions:

rp$put(diam, "diameters", "These are the diameters", depends = "r")
rp$put(circum, "circumferences", "These are the circumferences",
       depends = c("The Pi costant", "r"))
rp$put(area, "areas", "These are the areas",
       depends = c("The Pi costant", "r"))

Showing repository contents:

#>              ID Dims  Size
#>             God    1  51 B
#>            user    1  49 B
#>  The Pi costant    1  55 B
#>               r   10  99 B
#>       diameters   10  75 B
#>  circumferences   10 103 B
#>           areas   10 103 B
#> Root:            /tmp/RtmppFMwnb 
#> Number of items: 7 
#> Total size:      535 B
#> ID:           areas
#> Description:  These are the areas
#> Tags:         
#> Dimensions:   10
#> Timestamp:    2019-12-22 17:01:45
#> Size on disk: 103 B
#> Provenance:   
#> Attached to:  -
#> Stored in:    /tmp/RtmppFMwnb/a/areas
#> MD5 checksum: 56ad410055fedb0cae012d813a130291
#> URL:          -

Visualizing dependencies:

plot of chunk depgraph

Manual acces to stored data:

fpath <- rp$attr("r", "path")
#>  [1]  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10

Development branches


Besides inline help, two documents are available as introductory material:

Download and Installation

Repo is on CRAN and can be installed from within R as follows:


Latest stable release can be downloaded from Github at Repo can then be installed from the downloaded sources as follows:

install.packages("path-to-downloaded-source", repos=NULL)

devtools users can install Repo directly from github as follows:

install_github("franapoli/repo", ref="dev")