Pop-up to confirm action in Shiny

· by Nic Crane · Read in about 1 min · (161 words) ·

It’s a gorgeous evening in Bath tonight, and my evening has been improved by finding a free table outside at the pub, a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and working out how to include a JavaScript confirmation box in Shiny. Here, I’m using Shiny dashboard, although this methodology will work fine with other UI layouts.

In the UI file, near the top of the dashboardBody , call tags$head and tags$script to give the source of the JavaScript file:

  tags$script(src = 'custom.js')

Then, in a file named custom.js as above, within the www folder, include the following code. Here, the button which the user clicks on has the inputId set to “submit”.

$(document).on('shiny:inputchanged', function(event) {

  if (event.name === 'submit') {

    var r = confirm("Are you sure you want to continue?");
    if (r === false) {



Want to know more about JavaScript events in Shiny? Visit this article on the RStudio website for a comprehensive guide: http://shiny.rstudio.com/articles/js-events.html