The synapser package provides an interface to Synapse, a collaborative workspace for reproducible data intensive research projects, providing support for:

  • integrated presentation of data, code and text
  • fine grained access control
  • provenance tracking

The synapser package lets you communicate with the Synapse platform to create collaborative data analysis projects and access data using the R programming language. Other Synapse clients exist for Python, Java, and the web browser.


synapser is available as a ready-built package for Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX. For Linux systems, it is available to install from source. It can be installed or upgraded using the standard install.packages() command, adding the Sage Bionetworks R Archive Network (RAN) to the repository list, e.g.:

Alternatively, edit your ~/.Rprofile and configure your default repositories:

after which you may run install.packages without specifying the repositories:

If you have been asked to validate a release candidate, please replace the URL with, that is:

System Requirements

Please make sure that your machine has the required dependencies listed in the SystemRequirements field of the DESCRIPTION file.


To get started, try logging into Synapse. If you don’t already have a Synapse account, register here:

Please visit the synapser docs site or view our vignettes for using the synapser package: