RStudio Server on GCP: the right way

This quick tutorial details how to install a RStudio Server on a Google Cloud Virtual Machine (VM), and how to easily enable remote access in a secure manner through SSH port forwarding.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt -y install r-base r-base-dev
R --version
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core wget
sudo gdebi rstudio-server-1.3.1093-amd64.deb
sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev libssl-dev libxml2-dev
gcloud compute ssh --zone <zone> <VMname> --project <projectName> -- -L 1080:localhost:8787

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sudo rstudio-server start
sudo rstudio-server stop
sudo rstudio-server status

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