These functions are currently experimental and will change in the future. Note that processx connections are not compatible with R's built-in connection system.

conn_create_fd(fd, encoding = "", close = TRUE)

conn_create_pipepair(encoding = "", nonblocking = c(TRUE, FALSE))

conn_read_chars(con, n = -1)

# S3 method for processx_connection
conn_read_chars(con, n = -1)

processx_conn_read_chars(con, n = -1)

conn_read_lines(con, n = -1)

# S3 method for processx_connection
conn_read_lines(con, n = -1)

processx_conn_read_lines(con, n = -1)


# S3 method for processx_connection


conn_write(con, str, sep = "\n", encoding = "")

# S3 method for processx_connection
conn_write(con, str, sep = "\n", encoding = "")

processx_conn_write(con, str, sep = "\n", encoding = "")

conn_create_file(filename, read = NULL, write = NULL)

conn_set_stdout(con, drop = TRUE)

conn_set_stderr(con, drop = TRUE)



# S3 method for processx_connection
close(con, ...)

processx_conn_close(con, ...)




Integer scalar, a Unix file descriptor.


Encoding of the readable connection when reading.


Whether to close the OS file descriptor when closing the connection. Sometimes you want to leave it open, and use it again in a conn_create_fd call. Encoding to re-encode str into when writing.


Whether the writeable and the readable ends of the pipe should be non-blocking connections.


Processx connection object.


Number of characters or lines to read. -1 means all available characters or lines.


Character or raw vector to write.


Separator to use if str is a character vector. Ignored if str is a raw vector.


File name.


Whether the connection is readable.


Whethe the connection is writeable.


Whether to close the original stdout/stderr, or keep it open and return a connection to it.


Extra arguments, for compatibility with the close() generic, currently ignored by processx.


conn_create_fd() creates a connection from a file descriptor.

conn_create_pipepair() creates a pair of connected connections, the first one is writeable, the second one is readable.

conn_read_chars() reads UTF-8 characters from the connections. If the connection itself is not UTF-8 encoded, it re-encodes it.

conn_read_lines() reads lines from a connection.

conn_is_incomplete() returns FALSE if the connection surely has no more data.

conn_write() writes a character or raw vector to the connection. It might not be able to write all bytes into the connection, in which case it returns the leftover bytes in a raw vector. Call conn_write() again with this raw vector.

conn_create_file() creates a connection to a file.

conn_set_stdout() set the standard output of the R process, to the specified connection.

conn_set_stderr() set the standard error of the R process, to the specified connection.

conn_get_fileno() return the integer file desciptor that belongs to the connection.

conn_disable_inheritance() can be called to disable the inheritance of all open handles. Call this function as soon as possible in a new process to avoid inheriting the inherited handles even further. The function is best effort to close the handles, it might still leave some handles open. It should work for stdin, stdout and stderr, at least.

is_valid_fd() returns TRUE if fd is a valid open file descriptor. You can use it to check if the R process has standard input, output or error. E.g. R processes running in GUI (like RGui) might not have any of the standard streams available.

If a stream is redirected to the null device (e.g. in a callr subprocess), that is is still a valid file descriptor.


is_valid_fd(0L) # stdin
#> [1] TRUE
is_valid_fd(1L) # stdout
#> [1] TRUE
is_valid_fd(2L) # stderr
#> [1] TRUE