This package allows the use of Observable notebooks (or parts of them) as htmlwidgets in R.

Note that it is not an iframe embedding a whole notebook – cells are <div> included directly in your document or application. You can choose what cells to display, update cell values from R, and add observers to cells to get their values back into a Shiny application.

The following GIF shows a quick example of reusing a bar chart race notebook inside R with our own data.


You’ll find more examples and the associated R code in the robservable gallery.


  • Display an entire published or shared notebook as an htmlwidget
  • Display specific cells of a published or shared notebook as an htmlwidget
  • Use R data to update cell values
  • Add observers on cell values to communicate with a Shiny app
  • Use inside Shiny app or Rmarkdown document (as any htmlwidget)


  • Named cells can be included by name, but unnamed cells are refenced by their index (1-based), which is sometimes a bit tricky to determine. An alternative is to fork the notebook and name the cell in Observable.
  • No offline support : the included notebooks have to be downloaded each time they are used.


The package is on CRAN, but you can also install the development version with:



For an introduction and examples, see the introduction to robservable vignette.

For a small gallery of interesting notebooks, see the robservable gallery vignette.

For usage in Shiny, see the robservable in Shiny applications vignette (work in progress).