A highly opinionated framework for building shiny dashboards.
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NOTE: This package is under heavy development and the APIs are expected to change. So proceed with extreme caution!

Satin is an R package that provides a highly opinionated way to organize large, multi-page shiny apps. It allows users to focus on building independent modules for each page following a minimal set of conventions, and relegating all the boilerplate code involding in laying them out in the dashboard to a simple YAML configuration file.



You can install satin from github:


Satin ships with two useful snippets stpage and stcomponent that lets you create page and component modules that follow the conventions. You can install it by running st_add_snippets. Note that you will need to restart RStudio for the snippets to be usable.



You can easily scaffold a satin dashboard app using the New Project menu in RStudio



  1. A module referred to as foo needs to specify the following functions:

    • ui: foo_ui
    • server: foo
    • sidebar: foo_ui_sidebar (optional)

  1. The layout for the dashboard is specified in YAML.

    • Each menu item becomes a menu item in the sidebar.
    • If a menu item has more than 1 child, the children become subitems.
    • If the child of a menu item has a tabs item, they are rendered as a tabSetPanel
    • Each item (page) is connected to a module by its name.
name: Main Dashboard
  - text: Finance
    icon: briefcase
      - text: Registrations
        module: registrations
      - text: Subscriptions
          - text: Individual
            module: subscribers_individual
          - text: Group
            module: subscribers_group

  - text: People
    icon: user
      - text: People
          - text: Team Size
            module: team_size
          - text: Organogram
            module: organogram

Development Process

  1. Each page is independently developed as a standalone module.
  2. Use the function preview_module to preview the module.
  3. Add it to the dashboard by editing _site.yml.


  • Hook up passing of data to each module
  • Wrap all utilities into a package
  • Automatically check if tabnames are unique
  • Allow factory modules that can accept static parameters
  • Fix bugs where when menu item has only one child, tabNames have to be same.
  • Allow deep linking at the tab level (by default)