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Riak R Client

Riak R Client is a client which makes it easy to communicate with Riak, an open source, distributed database that focuses on high availability, horizontal scalability, and predictable latency. Both Riak and this code is maintained by Basho.

To see other clients available for use with Riak visit our Documentation Site

This repository is community supported and does not have maintainers. We both appreciate and need your contribution to keep it stable. For more on how to contribute, take a look at the contribution process.


This is a merge from Datagami employees @alexlouden & @erbas and is being used in production.

  • This is a work in progress. Probably slow and buggy at the moment. The interface is very likely to change.

  • TODO:

    • implement additional store/fetch options
    • fix mapred
    • link walking
    • retrier/resolver
    • package to CRAN
    • currently the interface uses HTTP, however we'd like to add protobuffs in the future.


  • bitops
  • RCurl
  • httr
  • jsonlite

(Easily installed in R through Packages & Data -> Package Installer)


Contents of demo.R pasted below:


conn <- riak_http_connection("localhost",10018)

## basic stats demo

stats <- riak_status(conn)

# this shows all the stats that are available

## or just print them all out

## store/fetch demo

## store 100 values in TestBucket_currenttime
time = Sys.time()
bucket <- paste("TestBucket", time, sep="_")
for(i in seq(1,100)) {
	x <- list( foo=i, alpha = 1:5, beta = "Bravo", 
           gamma = list(a=1:3, b=NULL), 
           delta = c(TRUE, FALSE) )
   value <- toJSON( x )
	key <- paste("Key_",i,sep="")

	obj <- riak_new_json_object(value, bucket, key)
	result <- riak_store(conn, obj)

# stream=TRUE doesn't work quite right yet
# don't list_keys on a production system!!
allkeys <- riak_list_keys(conn, bucket, stream=FALSE)

# fetch a json object, automatically convert json fields to R format :-)
# I still need to convert to a Riak R object
obj <- riak_fetch(conn, bucket, "Key_10")

# fetch a "raw" object, including headers, etc
rawobj <- riak_fetch_raw(conn, bucket, "Key_10")
# get the json content using the content() function
json <- content(rawobj)

# show the vclock


Basho Labs repos survive because of community contribution.


  • You! Open an Issue to volunteer and get involved

You can read the full guidelines for bug reporting and code contributions on the Riak Docs. And thank you! Your contribution is incredible important to us.

License and Authors

  • Author: Dave Parfitt (@metadave)
  • Author: Keiran Thompson (@erbas)
  • Author: Alex Louden (@alexlouden)

Copyright (c) 2015 Basho Technologies, Inc.

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