I am trying to install RStudio Server in OSX El Capitan.

I did these steps from terminal

brew install openssl

brew install homebrew/science/rstudio-server

I have the login window at localhost:8787 but I can't login. If I run

sudo rstudio-server status 

then I get

Could not find service "com.rstudio.launchd.rserver" in domain for 

To check the installation I run

sudo rstudio-server verify-installation

and I get

21 Oct 2016 05:11:44 [rserver] ERROR system error 48 (Address already in use); 
OCCURRED AT: rstudio::core::Error rstudio::core::http::initTcpIpAcceptor(SocketAcceptorService<boost::asio::ip::tcp> &, const std::string &, const std::string &) /tmp/rstudio-server-20161017-46697-nr3wo3/rstudio-
0.99.902/src/cpp/core/include/core/http/TcpIpSocketUtils.hpp:103; LOGGED FROM: int main(int, char *const *) /tmp/rstudio-server-20161017-46697-nr3wo3/rstudio-0.99.902/src/cpp/server/ServerMain.cpp:438

How can I fix this?


You forgot to install and launch the related launch daemon and modify some other things. To fix this do the following:

  • Copy a pre-made plist:

    sudo cp /usr/local/opt/rstudio-server/share/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist
  • Check permissions:

    sudo chown root:wheel /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist 
    sudo chmod 644 /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist
  • Modify the plist:

    sudo nano /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist

    and replace




    This step is necessary because rstudio-server's default auth-minimum-user-id is 1000 and the common OS X user's first ID is 501, the second user's ID is 502 etc.

  • Copy a pam:

    sudo cp /etc/pam.d/ftpd /etc/pam.d/rstudio
  • Launch the daemon and start rstudio:

    sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist
    sudo rstudio-server start

Finally launch a broswer, enter localhost:8787 in the address bar and log-in with your OS X user credentials.

To stop rstudio server enter sudo rstudio-server stop. After a reboot you have to enter sudo rstudio-server start to start it again.

If you want the rstudio-server to be launched automatically while booting, stop the server, unload the launch daemon,

sudo rstudio-server stop
sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist

modify the file /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist with nano and set the RunAtLoad key from false to true. Finally load the launch daemon again:

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.rstudio.launchd.rserver.plist
  • thanks a lot, this clearly helps I had to do an additional step that is to go to apple icon -> system preferences -> users & groups and add the group rstudio then it works Oct 21 '16 at 23:24
  • probably network settings or something... but it works great ! Oct 21 '16 at 23:46
  • @pachamaltese I don't have to create an rstudio group to have access immediately - but maybe I'm missing something because I set up a vanilla brew install of r/rstudio. But the description on your web page is not correct: if you set the key [RunAtLoad] to true, you don't have to start rstudio server explicitly once more with sudo rstudio-server start because it already runs after booting OS X.
    – klanomath
    Oct 22 '16 at 0:31
  • yes, that's right Oct 22 '16 at 1:59
  • yes, that's right I did set autoboot not to run sudo rstudio-server start Oct 22 '16 at 2:00

I Just want to give some updates for the updated formula rstudio-server v1.0.153.

Some of the files have been relocated for consistency.


was moved to


and the pam file is now bundled with the formula


Here I have explained the steps you provided and more: http://pacha.hk/rstudio_server.html

In general, you just can't restart the server without affecting other users.

Thanks a lot for the instructions.

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