How to Edit Dataiku Recipes in RStudio


Though Jupyter notebooks are integrated into the Dataiku interface, many R developers use RStudio. From within RStudio, you can:

  • Install the dataiku package

  • Connect to an existing Dataiku instance

  • Pull code from an R code recipe into RStudio

  • Edit the code in RStudio, and then

  • Save the code back to the R recipe


This method can edit existing recipes and plugin files on the Dataiku instance, but cannot create new recipes or files.


  • You should work through the R in Dataiku tutorial, or otherwise have a project with an available R recipe.

Technical Requirements

Install the dataiku R Package

Within RStudio, run the following code to install the dataiku package. Replace URL_Dataiku_instance with the URL to a Dataiku instance; for example, if the instance is using a secure protocol on localhost and listening on port 11500, then replace URL_Dataiku_instance with https://localhost:11500.

install.packages("<URL_Dataiku_instance>/public/packages/dataiku_current.tar.gz", repos=NULL)


The URL will begin with either http or https, depending on how the instance was set up and whether a secure protocol was used

To install the dataiku package, you may need to install some dependencies. Follow RStudio’s instructions for managing R packages.

The dataiku package provides add-ins for connecting to a Dataiku instance and managing R recipes on the instance.

Connect to a Dataiku Instance

  • From the Add-ins menu, choose Dataiku: Setup DSS instance. This opens a dialog where you manage connections to Dataiku instances.

  • Click +Connect to Another DSS Instance and fill out the following information:

    • Name. Give the connection a descriptive name.

    • URL. Provide the URL to your Dataiku instance; e.g. for the instance above–https://localhost:11500.

    • API Key This is the secret of your Personal API key.

  • Select this as your active connection.

  • Click Save.

Edit a Dataiku Recipe

  • Open a new R Script.

  • From the Add-ins menu, choose Dataiku: download R recipe code.

  • Choose the project key of a project with an R recipe; for example, DKU_TUTORIAL_R if you completed the R and Dataiku DSS course.

  • Choose the recipe you want to edit from list; for example, compute_orders_by_customer

  • Click Download.

Get recipe content dialog from the Dataiku add-in for RStudio

The code of the Dataiku R recipe is downloaded into the R Script in RStudio. You can run the code like any other R Script in RStudio. With the dataiku package installed, the dkuReadDataset() function causes RStudio to use the Dataiku API to pull the Dataiku dataset from the server and into a local R dataframe. Other dataiku package functions likewise use the Dataiku API.

The exception is that you cannot write from RStudio to a Dataiku dataset. You need to save any changes you’ve made to the code back to the Dataiku recipe, and then run the recipe within Dataiku DSS.


You cannot create a new Dataiku R recipe through RStudio using these add-ins; the R recipe must already exist.

Save Changes to a Recipe

Changes made in RStudio are made to the recipe in Dataiku when you:

  • Choose Dataiku: save R recipe code from the Add-ins menu.

  • Click Send to DSS.

This overwrites any edits made in the meantime on the Dataiku instance.