shinyStorePlus: An in-browser secure storage for persistent and synchronized data from the Shiny inputs using IndexedDB

Obinna N. Obianom



There has been tremendous contribution from the R community on the topic of storing Shiny data and re-using them within an application. The current solutions include Dropbox, Amazon s3, Googlesheets, SQLite, MongoDB and so on. However, a problem with these methods is that it takes a number of steps in order to correctly program your Shiny application for them. More so, the owner of the accounts may need to consistently monitor the storage accounts to ensure that it is not expire or that the data storage is not exhausted.

So let’s face it. When you build a shiny app that allows a user to change inputs and see the results immediately, guess what the user is itching to have?? The ability to change the inputs and when they refresh or reopen the shiny app at a later time, still see the inputs they previously entered. Well, shinyStorePlus R package gives that!

A somewhat easier but least secure solution that has been previously proposed was with the work of an R package called shinyStore, which leveraged localStorage in-browser using Javascript to store data. While this works, it also meant that the application information may be deleted or overwritten manually from the browser or by another user. It was also unsustainable for large amount of data.And the package required a lot of manually programming for all the inputs.

This introduces the advantages that the shinyStorePlus, implemented using Dexie.js, offers!

Installation and Library Attachment

The shinyStorePlus package is available on CRAN and can be installed as shown below


Attach library



The shinyStorePlus examples can be accessed as shown below

# library

# seeexample()

Example code to get started


# library

if(interactive()) {
ui <- fluidPage(
             shinyStorePlus Track Inputs"),
  #initialize stores
                  "Number of bins:",
                  min = 1,
                  max = 200,
                  value = 150),
                "simple caption:",
                "summary, try editing"),
                   "sample observations:",
                   10, min = 1, max = 100)

server <- function(input, output, session) {
  output$distPlot <- renderPlot({
    # generate bins based on input$bins from ui.R
    x <- faithful[, 2]
    bins <- seq(min(x), max(x), length.out = input$nextgenshinyapps1 + 1)
    # draw the histogram with the specified number of bins
    hist(x, breaks = bins, col = "darkgray", border = "white")
  #stores setup - insert at the bottom  !!!IMPORTANT
  appid = "application31"
  setupStorage(appId = appid,inputs = TRUE)

shinyApp(ui = ui, server = server)

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