B Plumber 0.4.0 Migration Guide

Plumber underwent a series of breaking changes as a part of the 0.4.0 release. These changes were made as an attempt to rectify some earlier mistakes and as an attempt to take care of all foreseeable breaking changes for the Plumber package.

There are a number of changes that users should consider when preparing to upgrade to plumber 0.4.0.

  1. Plumber no longer accepts external connections by default. The host parameter for the run() method now defaults to 127.0.0.1, meaning that Plumber will only listen for incoming requests from the local machine on which it’s running – not from any other machine on the network. This is done for security reasons so that you don’t accidentally expose a Plumber API that you’re developing to your entire network. To restore the old behavior in which Plumber listened for connections from any machine on the network, use $run(host="0.0.0.0"). Note that if you’re deploying to an environment that includes an HTTP proxy (such as the DigitalOcean servers which use nginx), having Plumber listen only on 127.0.0.1 is likely the right default, as your proxy – not Plumber – is the one receiving external connections.
  2. Plumber no longer sets the Access-Control-Allow-Origin HTTP header to *. This was previously done for convenience but given the security implications we’re reversing this decision. The previous behavior would have allowed web browsers to make requests of your API from other domains using JavaScript if the request used only standard HTTP headers and were a GET, HEAD, or POST request. These requests will no longer work by default. If you wish to allow an endpoint to be accessible from other origins in a web browser, you can use res$setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*") in an endpoint or filter.
  3. Rather than setting the default port to 8000, the port is now randomly selected. This ensures that a shared server (like RStudio Server) will be able to support multiple people developing Plumber APIs concurrently without them having to manually identify an available port. This can be controlled by specifying the port parameter in the run() method or by setting the plumber.port option.
  4. The object-oriented model for Plumber routers has changed. If you’re calling any of the following methods on your Plumber router, you will need to modify your code to use the newer alternatives: addFilter, addEndpoint, addGlobalProcessor, and addAssets. The code around these functions has undergone a major rewrite and some breaking changes have been introduced. These four functions are still supported with a deprecation warning in 0.4.0, but support is only best-effort. Certain parameters on these methods are no longer supported, so you should thoroughly test any Plumber API that leverages any of these methods before deploying version 0.4.0. Updated documentation for using Plumber programmatically is now available.