Create a Progressor Function that Signals Progress Updates

  steps = length(along),
  along = NULL,
  offset = 0L,
  scale = 1L,
  transform = function(steps) scale * steps + offset,
  message = character(0L),
  label = NA_character_,
  trace = FALSE,
  initiate = TRUE,
  auto_finish = TRUE,
  on_exit = !identical(envir, globalenv()),
  enable = getOption("progressr.enable", TRUE),
  envir = parent.frame()



(integer) Number of progressing steps.


(vector; alternative) Alternative that sets steps = length(along).

offset, scale

(integer; optional) scale and offset applying transform steps <- scale * steps + offset.


(function; optional) A function that takes the effective number of steps as input and returns another finite and non-negative number of steps.


(character vector or a function) If a character vector, then it is pasted together into a single string using an empty separator. If a function, then the message is constructed by conditionMessage(p) calling this function with the progression condition p itself as the first argument.


(character) A label.


(logical) If TRUE, then the call stack is recorded, otherwise not.


(logical) If TRUE, the progressor will signal a progression 'initiate' condition when created.


(logical) If TRUE, then the progressor will signal a progression 'finish' condition as soon as the last step has been reached.

on_exit, envir

(logical) If TRUE, then the created progressor will signal a progression 'finish' condition when the calling frame exits. This is ignored if the calling frame (envir) is the global environment.


(logical) If TRUE, progression conditions are signaled when calling the progressor function created by this function. If FALSE, no progression conditions is signaled because the progressor function is an empty function that does nothing.


A function of class progressor.


A progressor function can only be created inside a local environment, e.g. inside a function, within a local() call, or within a with_progress() call. Notably, it cannot be create at the top level, e.g. immediately at the R prompt or outside a local environment in an R script. If attempted, an informative error message is produced, e.g.

> p <- progressr::progressor(100)
Error in progressr::progressor(100) : 
  A progressor must not be created in the global environment unless
wrapped in a with_progress() or without_progress() call. Alternatively,
create it inside a function or in a local() environment to make sure
there is a finite life span of the progressor