SQLShare API for R

This provides a minimal API for accessing SQLShare in the R programming language. Here's the syntax for obtaining a data.frame from a table located on SQLShare:

sql <- "select * from [sqlshare@uw.edu].[periodic_table]"
elements <- fetch.data.frame(sql)

That's it! It loads a config file for authentication from:


The format of the file should look like:


Use this link to generate an API key.

Installing Dependencies

Before installing, you must install the RCurl package. If you are using a Linux system, you need to install the libcurl header files. For example, if you're using Ubuntu install the libcurl-dev package (using the variant with secure connections enabled) from the command line with

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev

If you're using RedHat, install libcurl with

sudo yum -y install curl-devel

Next, regardless of your operating system you must install RCurl. Open an R session and type


Installing From CRAN (preferred)

To install from CRAN, type the following command from an R session


Installing From Source

To install the latest version from the source here, use:

wget https://github.com/whitead/sqlshare-r/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip && rm master.zip
R CMD build sqlshare-r-master
sudo R CMD INSTALL sqlshare_*.tar.gz