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In some circumstances, you may want to deploy separate instances of the shiny apps in ecoevoapps rather than using the versions that we have deployed onto shinyapps.io1. For example, you may want to host an app on your own personal or institutional domain for more control over access and usage, or you might want to customize the user interface or computations conducted by the app itself.

The easiest way to deploy custom versions of the apps is through RStudio’s There is extensive documentation available for this service, including information about its Free tier, here.

Once you familiarize yourself with the instructions above, you can clone the ecoevoapps git repository onto your computer, or directly download the specific shiny app you wish to deploy.

Note that if you are deploying a shiny app from the package to, you will need to first install the package onto your computer from the ecoevoapps mirror on GitHub rather than the main development repository on GitLab.2 To do so, run the following code:

# install the remotes package if it is not already available
if (!requireNamespace("remotes", quietly = TRUE))

# install ecoevoapps from github

Then, you can customize the Shiny app file as you wish, and follow the procedures here to deploy the app to your account.


If you are just getting started with using Shiny and/or RMarkdown documents, we recommend you read through Introduction to reactive documents guide. If you are already familiar with the basics and want a more detailed guide, we recommend the Mastering Shiny book.