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This plugin for Redmine provides a macro to render graphs generated from R code directly on a wiki page.
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R plugin for Redmine Wiki

This Redmine Wiki R-macro plugin will allow Redmine to render and embed graphs generated from inline R code in wiki pages.


The plugin has been tested with Redmine 1.0.2 on Ubuntu 10.10. YMMV on other platforms or distributions.

It depends on R and xvfb and looks for them in /usr/bin/xvfb-run and /usr/bin/R respectively. On a Ubuntu installation, you can use

sudo apt-get install xvfb r-base

to install them.

You need to patch Redmine, otherwise you can't have commas in your R scripts.

Edit lib/redmine/wiki_formatting.rb, function 'def execute_macros' and replace:

args = ($5 || '').split(',').each(&:strip)


if macro == 'r'
  args = $5
  args = ($5 || '').split(',').each(&:strip)


See the guide on the Redmine site.


WARNING: Since the R language has functions to create/modify/delete files and spawn subprocesses, attackers may be able to use this plugin to compromise your machine. As a security measure, R and xvfb are started as user nobody using sudo. Use this plugin at your own risk, especially on wikis with public editing that are open to everyone.

In your RAILS_ROOT (e.g. /usr/share/redmine), please run:

mkdir -p tmp/redmine_wiki_r_plugin
chmod 777 -R tmp/redmine_wiki_r_plugin

to allow any user to write graph files there. If your rails server or apache is running as a user other than nobody, e.g. www-data, you need to allow that user to execute programs as user nobody using sudo. This is done by adding a file /etc/sudoers.d/redmine_r with the contents:

www-data ALL=(nobody) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/xvfb-run

The file should be owned by root with permissions 0440. Ensure that /etc/sudoers contains the line

#includedir /etc/sudoers.d


Edit a Redmine wiki page and insert your R code like this:

bars <- c(1, 3, 5)
pie(bars, main="Pie Chart: Favourite Bars", col=rainbow(length(bars)),labels=c("Mars","Twix","KitKat"))

Please do not use curly braces inside the R code. The %PNG% marker will be replaced by the plugin with the full path to a PNG image file in Redmine's tmp directory. At the moment, the plugin only supports one image file generated per R script.

After you click on Preview or Save, you should see a graph in your wiki page. Click R output if no graph is displayed to see if R has produced an error message. Also check your production.log for errors and ensure you've followed all the installation steps mentioned above.


(c) 2011 Christoph Dwertmann

Based on wiki_latex_plugin by Nils Israel

Based on wiki_graphviz_plugin by tckz

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

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