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A Docker image for Microsoft R Open

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Microsoft R Open, formerly known as Revolution R Open, is an "enhanced R distribution". You can use this Docker container to give MRO a quick try, i.e. without any impact on your local system, or to run MRO in an online Docker infrastructure.


For plain R Docker images see Rocker. The Rocker images were a great help in creating the MRO images.

MRO focusses on speed and reproducibility.

By default, packages are not installed from main CRAN, but from a CRAN repository snapshot. For more information see MRO promises better speed by using special multi-threaded math libraries, replacing default R's BLAS/LAPACK libraries.

Important: By running this container you accept the MKL and MRO licenses.

Image metadata can be explored at Microbadger:

Run container

docker run --user docker nuest/mro

This downloads the latest build of the image from Docker Hub. In the container, R is automatically started. When you exit R, the container is automatically stopped.

Optionally you can use tags for specific versions of MRO and execute a demo script:

docker run -it --rm nuest/mro:v3.4.4

# in R
> source("demo.R")

Alternatively, you can start regular bash (you can skip the --user docker if root rights are needed in the container):

docker run -it --user docker mro /bin/bash

To work with your own data, simply mount a directory on the host computer to the container, see the Docker documentation on volumes.

You can install packages etc. in the R session as usual, though for reproducibility it is strongly recommended to do this only in the Dockerfile.


Microsoft R Open 3.5.0 is based on R-3.5.0. The default CRAN mirror has been updated to point to the fixed CRAN repository snapshot from June 01, 2018. release notes

The base image is Ubuntu 16.04. See also MRO 3.5.0 documentation.

cd 3.5.0
docker build -t mro:3.5.0 .


The CRAN repository points to a snapshot from May 1, 2017. This means that every user of Microsoft R Open has access to the same set of CRAN package versions. source

The base image is Ubuntu 16.04. See also MRO 3.4.4 documentation.

Build the image:

cd 3.4.4
docker build -t mro:3.4.4 .


See installation instructions: The base image is Ubuntu 14.04. The interactive installation script of the MKL download package was adapted in the file to not require any user input. See also MRO 3.2.5 documentation (archived).

Build the image:

cd 3.2.5
docker build -t mro:3.2.5 .

Automatic builds

The automatic builds are configured to run on the master branch and each Dockerfile, e.g. /3.4.0/Dockerfile is tagged with the full release version, e.g. 3.4.0. Other semantic version tags are added automatically by build hooks based on the directory names, e.g. latest, 3, and 3.4 for our example.


MRO and MKL licenses

The following license applies to the code files in this repository:

Copyright (C) 2017 Daniel Nüst

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 3 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, see

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