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New functions

  • Add add_partial_html_template() to create a partial html template, with only a div and a {{ }} (@nathansquan #858).

New features / user visible changes

  • Dev hard dependencies have been moved to soft dependencies. You can see the list with golem:::dev_deps. They can be installed via golem::install_dev_deps().
  • Soft dependency check is now done via rlang::check_installed() (#835)
  • golem::run_dev() has been refactored to match the behavior of other functions, notably it now uses golem::get_golem_wd() to find the current working dir.
  • {golem} now depends on {rlang} version >= 1.0.0
  • Functions that print to the console are now quiet if options("golem.quiet" = TRUE), #793
  • Small documentation update in dockerfile related functions (#939)
  • fill_desc() now allows to set the version (#877)
  • Setting the Environment variable GOLEM_MAINTENANCE_ACTIVE to TRUE active the maintenance mode of your app
  • golem::run_dev() now save all open documents before sourcing the dev/run_dev.R file
  • When creating an app, you'll get a message if the dev deps are not all installed (#915)
  • 03_deploy now contains an example of sending the app to PositConnect or (#923)

Bug fix

  • The message after htmlTemplate creation now suggests to add in the UI, not only in app_ui.R (#861)
  • The Deprecation message for use_recommended_deps no longer suggest to user use_recommended_deps (#900)
  • The setting of the config file has been unified so that we are sure to keep the !expr in golem_set_wd(), and the codebase has been simplified for this (#709).
  • The functions adding files can no longer take a name argument that has length() > 1. This used to cause some bugs (#781)
  • The typo in install.packages() in 02_dev.R has been corrected (@asiripanich)
  • add_dockerfile_with_renv() now works well with uppercase in package name
  • improve get_golem_options() documentation

Internal changes

add_dockerfile_with_renv now works well with uppercase in package name

add_dockerfile_with_renv now works well with uppercase in package name

golem 0.3.5

Update in the tests for CRAN (commented a test that made new version of testthat fail).

golem 0.3.4

Update in the tests for CRAN (skip not installed + examples).

golem 0.3.3

New functions

  • add_dockerfile_with_renv(), add_dockerfile_with_renv_heroku() and add_dockerfile_with_renv_shinyproxy() build Dockerfiles that rely on {renv}

Soft deprecated

  • add_dockerfile, add_dockerfile_shinyproxy() and add_dockerfile_heroku() now recommend to switch to their _with_renv_ counterpart

golem 0.3.2 (CRAN VERSION)

Soft deprecated

  • use_recommended_deps() is now soft deprecated (#786)

Hard deprecated

  • The html parameter in expect_html_equal() is no longer in use (#55).

New functions

  • add_sass_file() creates a .sass file in inst/app/www (#768)

  • use_module_test() creates a test skeleton for a module (#725)

New features

  • The 02_dev.R file now suggests using attachment::att_amend_desc() (#787)

  • use_code_of_conduct() in dev script now has the contact param (#812)

  • All with_test params are now TRUE in the dev script (#801)

  • test-golem-recommended now has two new tests for app_sys and get_golem_config (#751)

  • use_utils_ui() use_utils_server() & now come with a with_test parameter that adds a test file for theses functions (#625 & #801)

  • {golem} now checks if a module exists before adding a module related file (#779)

  • Every {rstudioapi} calls is now conditionned by the availabily of this function (#776)

  • use_external_* functions no longer suggest to "Go to" (#713, @novica)

  • create_golem() now comes with with_git parameter that can be used to initialize git repository while creating a project template

  • use_recommended_tests() now comes with testServer (#720).

  • expect_html_equal() now uses testthat::expect_snapshot() (#55).

  • add_modules(), add_fct() and add_utils() now come with a with_test parameter that can be turned on to add a test file to the module (#719 & #141)

  • /!\ All docker related functions have been moved to {dockerfiler}. This is more or less a breaking change, cause you'll need to install {dockerfiler} > 0.1.4 in order to build the Dockerfile but {golem} will ask you to install {dockerfiler} > 0.1.4 if it can't find it, (#412)

  • Modules ID no longer contain an _ui_ element, (#651, @MargotBr)

  • run_dev now has options(shiny.port = httpuv::randomPort()) to prevent the browser from caching the CSS & JS files (#675)

  • You can now specify the path to R in expect_running().

Bug fix

  • Fixed a bug in the printing of the htmlTemplate code (#827)

  • We now require the correct {usethis} version (822)

  • golem::amend_config() now keeps the !expr (#709, @teofiln)

  • recommended tests now use expect_type() instead of expect_is, which was deprecated from {testthat} (#671)

  • Fixed check warning when using golem::use_utils_server() (#678),

  • Fixed issue with expect_running & path to R (#700, @waiteb5)

  • expect_running() now find R.exe on windows.

  • use_recommended_tests() no longer add {processx} to the DESCRIPTION (#710)

  • bundle_resource() does not include empty stylesheet anymore (#689, @erikvona)

Internal changes

  • Create {golem} is more robust and now comes with an overwrite argument (#777)

  • {testthat} and {rlang} are no longer hard dependencies (#742)

golem 0.3.1 (CRAN Version)

New functions


  • You can now create a skeleton for a Shiny input binding using the golem::add_js_binding("name") function (#452, @DivadNojnarg)

  • You can now create a skeleton for a Shiny output binding using the golem::add_js_output_binding("name") function (@DivadNojnarg)

  • add_html_template() creates an htmlTemplate.


  • use_external_file() allows to add any file to the www folder, use_external_css_file(), use_external_html_template(), and use_external_js_file() will download them from a URL (#295, #491).

  • use_internal_css_file(), use_internal_file(), use_internal_html_template(), use_internal_js_file() functions allow to any file from the current computer to the www folder (@KasperThystrup, #529)

Tests helper

  • expect_running() expects the current shiny app to be running.


  • Every {golem} project now have a project_hook that is launched after the project creation.

  • module_template() is the default function for {golem} module creation. Users will now be able to define a custom module_template() function for add_module(), allowing to extend {golem} with your own module creation function. See ?golem::module_template for more info (#365)

  • add_js_ and add_css_ functions now have a template function, allowing to pass a file constructor.


  • is_running() checks if the current running application is a {golem} based application (#366)

  • utils_ui.R now contains a "make_action_button()" function (#457, @DivadNojnarg)

  • run_dev() launches the run_dev.R script (#478, @KoderKow)

  • run_dev() performs a check on golem name.

  • sanity_check() function has been added to check for any 'browser()' or commented #TODO / #TOFIX / #BUG in the code (#1354 @Swechhya)

New features

  • The modules are now created with the new skeleton when the installed version of {shiny} is >= 1.5.0.

  • use_external_*() function don't open files by default (#404)

  • use_recommended_tests*() now calls use_spell_check() (#430)

  • The 02_dev.R now includes more CI links

  • golem::expect_running() is now bundled in default tests

  • Default tests now test for functions formals (#437)

  • You can now pass arguments to internal roxygenise() & load_all() (#467)

  • Bundle_resources() now handle subfolders (#446)

  • run_app() now includes the default arguments of shinyApp() (#254, @chasemc)

  • create_golem() now adds strict dependency versions (#466)

  • {golem} app now comes with a meta tags "app-builder", which default to "golem", and that can be changed or turn off in bundle_resources().

  • with_golem_options can now explicit calls print on the app object, solving some issues with benchmarking the application. This explicit print can be turned off by setting print to FALSE in with_golem_options (#148)

  • dockerignore is now available.

  • The add_helpers and add_utils now have roxygen comments (Richard Pilbery, #330)

  • dev/03_dev.R now has devtools::build() (#603)

  • detach_all_attached() is now silent (#605)

Soft deprecated

  • add_ui_server_files() is now signaled as deprecated. Please comment on #445 if you want it to be kept inside the package

Breaking changes

  • add_dockerfile* function now return the {dockerfiler} object instead of the path to it. It allows to modify the Dockerfile object programmatically. (#493)

  • The get_golem_config now first look for a GOLEM_CONFIG_ACTIVE before looking for R_CONFIG_ACTIVE (#563)

Bug fix

  • add_ functions no longer append to file if it already exists (#393)

  • config::get() is no longer exported to prevent namespace conflicts with base::get()

  • fixed issue with favicon when package is built (#387)

  • use_external_*() function don't add ext if already there (#405)

  • create_golem function does not modify any existing file (#423, @antoine-sachet)

  • add_resources_path() now correctly handles empty folder (#395)

  • test for app launching is now skipped if not interactive()

  • add_utils and add_fct now print to the console (#427, @novica)

  • Multiple CRAN repo are now correctly passed to the Dockerfile (#462)

  • app_config, DESC and golem-config.yml are now updated whenever you change the name of the package using a golem function (#469 )

  • test_recommended now work in every case (hopefully)

  • usethis::use_mit_license does not have the name argument anymore so if fits new version of {usethis} (#594)

  • Typo fix preventing invoke_js("prompt") and invoke_js("confirm") to work (#606)

Internal changes

  • document_and_reload() now has export_all = FALSE,helpers = FALSE,attach_testthat = FALSE, allowing the function to behave more closely to what library() does (#399)

  • Dockerfile generation now removes the copied file and tar.gz

golem 0.2.1

New functions

  • add_dockerfile() was completely refactored. It now starts from r-ver, uses explicit package versions from you local machine, and tries to set as much System Requirements as possible by using {sysreq}, and parses and installs the Remotes tag from the DESCRIPTION (#189, #175)

  • add_dockerfile() allow now to directly use the source of the package by mounting the source folder in the container and running remotes::install_local()

  • add_dockerfile() now builds the tar.gz (#273)

  • add_fct and add_utils add new files in your R folder that can hold utils and functions (#123).

  • We switched from shiny::addResourcePath() to golem::add_resource_path(), which doesn't fail if the folder is empty (#223).

  • New JavaScript functions to use alert, prompt and confirm (#108, @zwycl)

  • use_external_js_file and use_external_css_file are designed to download .js and .css file off the web to the appropriate directory (#130, @zwycl)

New features

  • {golem} now comes with an internal config file. Please refer to the config Vignette for more information.

  • bundle_resources() comes with every new app and bundles all the css and js files you put inside the inst/app/www folder, by matchine the file extension.

  • There is now an app_sys() function, which is a wrapper around system.file(..., package = "myapp") (#207, @novica)

  • document_and_reload() now stops when it fails, and returns an explicit failure message (#157)

  • You can now create a golem without any comment (#171, @ArthurData)

  • The default app_ui() now has a request parameter, to natively handle bookmarking.

  • document_and_reload() now stops when it fails, and returns an explicit failure message (#157). It also uses get_golem_wd() as a default path, to be consistent with the rest of {golem} (#219, @j450h1)

  • add_module now allows to create and fct_ and an utils_ file (#154, @novica)

  • golem::detach_all_attached() is now silent (#186, @annakau)

  • There is now a series of addins for going to a specific golem file (#212, @novica), and also to wrap a selected text into ns() (#143, @kokbent)

  • Creation of a golem project is now a little bit more talkative (#63, @novica)

  • golem apps now have a title tag in the header by default, (#172, @novica)

  • The rsconnect folder is now added to .Rbuildignore (#244)

  • devtools::test() in 03_deploy.R is now devtools::check()

  • modules bow have a placeholder for content

  • Dev scripts have been rewritten and rerordered a litte bit

Breaking changes

  • invoke_js() now takes a list of elements to send to JS (through ...) instead of a vector (#155, @zwycl)

  • get_dependencies was removed from this package, please use desc::desc_get_deps() instead (#251)

  • {golem} now uses here::here() to determine the default working directory (#287)

  • Modules used to be exported by default. You now have to specify it when creating the modules (#144)

  • run_app() is no longer explicitely namespaced in the run_dev script (#267)

  • JavaScript files now default to having $(document).ready() (#227)

  • Every filesystem manipulation is now done with {fs}. That should be pretty transparent for most users but please open an issue if it causes problem (#285)

Bug fix

  • The Dockerfile is now correctly added to .Rbuildignore (#81)

  • The dockerfile for shinyproxy no longer has a typo (#156, @fmmattioni)

  • normalizePath() now has a correct winlash (@kokbent)

  • spellcheck in files (@privefl)

  • Message to link to golem_add_external_resources() is now conditional to R being in a golem project (#167, @novica)

  • Better error on missing name in add_*, (#120, @novica)

  • When adding file, the extension is now ignored if provided by the user (#231)

  • The dots R/run_app.R are now documented by default (#243)

  • Bug fix of the pkgdown website (#180)

  • {golem} now correctly handles command line creation of projet inside the current directory (#248)

  • The test are now more robust when it comes to random name generation (#281)

Internal changes

  • We no longer depend on {stringr} (#201, @TomerPacific)

  • get_golem_wd() is now used everywhere in {golem} (#237, @felixgolcher)

golem 0.1.0 - CRAN release candidate, v2

New Functions

  • get_golem_wd allows to print the current golem working directory, and set_golem_wd to change it.

Breaking changes

  • In order to work, the functions creating files need a golem.wd. This working directory is set by set_golem_options or the first time you create a file. It default to ".", the current directory.

  • Changes in the name of the args in set_golem_options: pkg_path is now golem_wd, pkg_name is now golem_name, pkg_version is now golem_version

Internal changes

  • The installed.packages() function is no longer used.

  • Every filesystem manipulation is now done with {fs} (#285)

golem - CRAN release candidate

Changes in the way run_app and deploy files are build

  • There is now a unique framework for run_app, that allows to deploy anywhere and can accept arguments. These arguments can then be retrieved with get_golem_options().


Breaking Changes

  • There is no need for ui.R and server.R to exist by default. Removed. Can be recreated with add_ui_server_files()

New function

  • There is now add_shinyserver_file & add_shinyappsio_file, #40
  • add_ui_server_files() creates an ui & server.R files.

Small functions updates

  • Functions that create file(s) now automatically create folder if it's not there. Can be prevented with dir_create = FALSE
  • Functions that create file(s) can now be prevented from opening with open = FALSE, #75
  • We have made explicit how to add external files (css & js) to the app, #78
  • Launch test is now included in the default tests #48



  • create_golem() now switch to the newly created project
  • use_git() is not listed in dev/01_start.R

Breaking changes

  • Renamed add_rconnect_file() to add_rstudioconnect_file()
  • Renamed create_shiny_template() to create_golem()
  • Renamed js() to activate_js()
  • Renamed use_recommended_dep() to use_recommended_deps()

New functions

  • invoke_js() allows to call JS functions from the server side. #52



  • The dev files are now split in three - start / dev / deploy

  • Every function that adds a file now check if the file already exists, and ask the user if they want to overwrite it (#15)

  • Every module is now named mod_x_ui / mod_x_server, for consistency.

  • You can now create package with "illegal" names, using the command line golem::create_shiny_template(). #18

  • add_browser_button() is now named browser_button(), so that all the add_* function are only reserved for function adding files to the golem.

  • add_*_files now check if the folder exists, if not suggests to create it. #36

New functions

  • You now have a browser_dev() function that behaves like warning_dev and friends. #46

  • Added set_golem_options() to add local options used internally by {golem} && added it to the 01_start.R. #49

  • Added add_dockerfile() to create a Dockerfile from a DESCRIPTION.

  • Added add_dockerfile_shinyproxy() to create a Dockerfile from a DESCRIPTION, to be used in Shiny Proxy.

  • Added add_dockerfile_heroku() to create a Dockerfile from a DESCRIPTION, to be used with Heroku.

  • add_css_file(), add_js_file() and add_js_handler() create a CSS, JS, and JS with Shiny custom handler files.


  • use_utils_prod is now included in golem so you don't have to explicitly include the functions.


  • Golem now has four vignettes


Last round of functions, and some documentation cleanup.


  • Moved from {shinytemplate} to {golem}

  • Added a file to track changes to the package.