If you’re accessing the internet through some sort of company proxy server, then you might have had issues connecting to API’s in R.
I got the problem while trying to use the RSiteCatalyst library (https://randyzwitch.com/rsitecatalyst/), and I didn’t really get any error messages, that made it clear to me what was causing the issue.

But then I stumbled upon the solution, while I was searching Google for a solution, after a lot of unsuccesful attempts.
It helps a lot, if you, more specifically, know what to search for 😉

Apparently, R isn’t automatically using the same proxy setting as Windows.
I don’t know about other OS’, but that’s at least the case for Windows, while using R Studio and a new version of R.
And if you have to access the internet through a proxy, then it won’t work if you’re not going through the proxy as supposed to.

This is where I found the solution:
Yep, also a Randy Zwitch link 🙂

And this is the code you need to add to your R scripts, to make R use the same proxy settings as set in Windows.

companyproxy <- curl::ie_proxy_info()$Proxy

This trick also works, if you’re using R code as a connector in PowerBI!


If you don’t know about it already, the Danish agency IIH Nordic organizes Web Analytics Wednesday Copenhagen several times a year.

Despite the fact, that it is named “Web Analytics”, the Copenhagen version spans different subject from the world of digital marketing.
I wouldn’t call the majority of presentations very technical or advanced, but variation in subjects make it interesting to see what’s up each time.
Though, from time to time, some techie nuggets do surface  😎 

It is no secret, that I used to work for IIH Nordic.
Even though I now work at Nordea, I still choose to go as often as possible.
It’s a super nice event for networking, and a chance to keep taps on what other, mostly Danish, web analytics peeps are up to.

Quite often non-Danish speakers participate, so a lot of the presentations are in English, making it a bit more international.
Earlier speakers include: Tim Wilson, Daniel Waisberg, Mark Edmondson, Simo AhavaCraig Sullivan and me 😉
So, it indeed spans different areas of the analytics world.

Learn more?

To learn more, you can look at the following IIH Nordic page, nicely describing WAW CPH for you: https://iihnordic.com/events/web-analytics-wednesday/
It even includes a video introduction, featuring my former colleague Steen Rasmussen  🙂

To see a 2016 presentation by me (in Danish), look at the following link: http://tv.iihnordic.com/peter-meyer-iih-nordic-enterprise-analytics
Please forgive me in advance 😉

Hope to see you there!