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Installing Posit Professional Drivers#

Posit Workbench and/or Posit Connect#

These procedures are intended for IT Admins that need to install the Posit Professional Drivers on a server.

Install Posit Professional Drivers on your server

Install Posit Professional Drivers on the same server where the following are installed:

  • RStudio Server Pro
  • RStudio Workbench
  • Posit Workbench and/or
  • RStudio Connect
  • Posit Connect

Previous versions of the professional products may still have "RStudio" referenced in the name.

Install Pro Drivers for Linux Server#

Use the following procedures to:

  • Install Professional Drivers on the same server where Posit Workbench and/or Posit Connect is installed or
  • Alternatively, install Posit Professional Drivers on your Linux desktop using DEB/RPM packages

Step 1. Install dependencies#

  • Install an OBDC driver manager using your system package manager:

    sudo yum install unixODBC unixODBC-devel
    sudo apt-get install unixodbc unixodbc-dev gdebi
    sudo zypper install unixODBC unixODBC-devel

    Additional steps for using the Oracle database driver

    If you are working with the Oracle database, you must:

    • Install version 19.21 of the Oracle Instant Client
    • Link the Oracle library directory to the Posit Pro Drivers library directory by running the following command:
    ln -s /usr/lib/oracle/19.x/client64/lib/* /opt/rstudio-drivers/oracle/bin/lib/

    Please adjust the directory minor version (x) according to the installed version of the Oracle Instant Client.

    For more information on connecting to Oracle Databases, see the Connecting to Oracle databases with Posit Professional Drivers support article.

Step 2. Download and install#

Posit End User License Agreement

This page includes instructions for downloading Posit professional products. Download and/or use of these products is governed under the terms of the Posit End User License Agreement. By downloading you agree to the terms posted there.

  • Download and install the Posit Professional Drivers:

    curl -O
    sudo yum install ./rstudio-drivers-2024.03.0-1.el.x86_64.rpm
    curl -O
    sudo apt-get install ./rstudio-drivers_2024.03.0_amd64.deb
    curl -O
    sudo zypper --no-gpg-checks install ./rstudio-drivers-2024.03.0-1.sles.x86_64.rpm
    Alternative download and installation method

    In some cases, you may want to use an alternative installation method to install the Posit Professional Drivers other than .rpm or .deb packages, for example:

    • Installing drivers to a location other than /opt/rstudio-drivers
    • Installing drivers as a non-root user
    • Installing a single driver or a subset of drivers

    For this reason, we provide the drivers as a single compressed .tar file that can be manually extracted and moved to the desired location:

Step 3. Configure driver locations#

The drivers install to /opt/rstudio-drivers/. The ODBC driver names and locations are specified in the /etc/odbcinst.ini configuration file.

A sample of this file is included at /opt/rstudio-drivers/odbcinst.ini.sample that is preconfigured with the names and locations of the Posit Professional Drivers.

  • You can use the following commands to backup your existing /etc/odbcinst.ini file and write the contents of the sample configuration file to /etc/odbcinst.ini on your system:

    # Backup existing ODBC configuration file
    sudo cp /etc/odbcinst.ini /etc/odbcinst.ini.bak
    # Append sample ODBC configuration file into /etc/
    cat /opt/rstudio-drivers/odbcinst.ini.sample | sudo tee -a /etc/odbcinst.ini
    # Backup existing ODBC configuration file
    sudo cp /etc/unixODBC/odbcinst.ini /etc/unixODBC/odbcinst.ini.bak
    # Append sample ODBC configuration file into /etc/unixODBC/
    cat /opt/rstudio-drivers/odbcinst.ini.sample | sudo tee -a /etc/unixODBC/odbcinst.ini

Step 4. Testing database connectivity#

Test your database connections from the command line before creating new connections in Posit.

How to test:

  • You can test connections by running isql (a command line tool for interactive SQL
  • The isql command requires you to create a data source name (DSN) first
  • Additionally, you may be required to specify a user and password argument for connection. See isql (1) - Linux Man Pages for additional information.

ODBC Data Source Names (DSNs) are defined in the /etc/odbc.ini configuration file.

To create a new DSN:

  • Edit the file /etc/odbc.ini
  • Add a new entry for your desired database type by copying over the sample from /opt/rstudio-drivers/odbc.ini.sample
  • Ensure that the Driver setting in the DSN refers to the corresponding driver name or path listed in /etc/odbcinst.ini
  • Modify the entry with your desired connection parameters

For example, to add a SQL Server connection:

File: /etc/odbc.ini
Driver = SQLServer
Server =
Database = dbname
Port = 1433

To test this connection, run the following command:

isql test


Refer to the article on Troubleshooting Posit Professional Drivers for additional information on troubleshooting the ODBC drivers and dependencies.


  • Use the following commands to uninstall the Posit Professional Drivers:

    sudo yum remove rstudio-drivers
    sudo apt-get remove rstudio-drivers
    sudo zypper rm rstudio-drivers


Upgrading to version 2021.10.0

If you are using Professional Drivers version 1.8.0, or older, and would like to upgrade, then please see our Upgrading documentation.

To continue to the Using Posit Professional Drivers document, see the Usage documentation.