This is an SDK for using the Looker API with the R programming language. Our priority is to add support for the endpoints that are most useful to data scientists and analysts working in R (the ones that get data from Looker) but eventually the goal is to add support for every endpoint in the Looker API.

For more information about the Looker API's capabilities and for details about what each endpoint does, see the Looker API reference documentation.


LookR used to be based on rJava, but this caused problems with reliability and many users struggled to get it to work. To fix this, we've rewritten a new SDK in native R. The versions have been reset as well.

All of the old code is available on the old-lookr branch, so if you want to continue using it, you an install from that branch by setting ref to old-lookr:

devtools::install_github("looker/lookr", ref = "old-lookr")


Use devtools to install from this repository:



First, make sure that you have your API credentials and the URL to your Looker host in a file called looker.ini. LookR uses the information in this file to authenticate. See below for a sample of what looker.ini should look like:


# API version is required
# Base URL for API. Do not include /api/* in the url
# API 3 client id
# API 3 client secret
# Optional embed secret for SSO embedding
# Optional user_id to impersonate
# Set to false if testing locally against self-signed certs. Otherwise leave True

Make sure that this file is not checked into version control.


All of the endpoints are accessed from methods contained in an instance of the LookerSDK class, which is implemented in R6. To start using LookR, create an instance of that class:

sdk <- LookerSDK$new(configFile = "looker.ini")

If you're using a version of RStudio that includes the Connections Pane, you can also use that to create a new connection to Looker.

Whether you use the Connection Pane to create the connection or not, you will be able to browse your projects, models, and explores in the Connections Pane as long as your API user has access to them.


You can use LookR to fetch the results of a saved Look by calling runLook:

data <- sdk$runLook(lookId = 1337)

You can also use a new query by calling runInlineQuery. model, view, and fields are mandatory arguments:

data <- sdk$runInlineQuery(model = "model_name",
                           view = "my_awesome_explore",
                           fields = c("id", "count"))

and you can optionally supply filters, sorts, limit, and queryTimezone:

data <- sdk$runInlineQuery(model = "model_name",
                           view = "my_awesome_explore",
                           fields = c("id", "count"),
                           filters = list("field_name" = "filter_expression",
                                          "another_field" = "filter_expression"),
                           limit = 500,
                           queryTimezone = "America/Los_Angeles")

looker/lookr documentation built on May 31, 2018, 6:21 p.m.