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How-to for adding a new tool into UAB's Galaxy instance. This details adding a tool that has it's own executable(s), rather than a pure python script.


  1. Install the tools on the cluster
    • /share/apps/your_tool (email to get the directory created)
    • /lustre/project/your_project (email to get the directory created)
    • /share/apps/galaxy/galaxy-tools (only if this will ONLY be used in Galaxy)
  2. Create a personal galaxy for developement & testing
  3. Add the executable path to the galaxy environment
    • $galaxyroot/modulefiles/galaxy*: edit the module definition file to add your tool location to the path
  4. Load the updated module and make sure the command works from the commandline!
    • module load galaxy
    • test, test, test...

Special Case: REST or SPARQL endpoints

There are already tools for integrating these through a wizard. See the Galaxy Toolshed and navigate to Tools Shed -> Data Source

Creating a command-wrapper by hand

Galaxy's public instructions for adding tools:

Note: If you only need a simple wrapper for an exiting program, you'll only need to create an XML wrapper to describe it (my_tool.xml). However, if you need to create temporary directories or do any other pre- or post- processing, you'll also want to create some adapter code, and have my_tool.xml call that, rather than calling your tool directly. For example, sam_pileup.xml calls, which sets up a temp directory, indexes genomes on the fly, etc., then calls "samtools pileup ..."

  1. (optional) Create a adapter to do pre-/post- processing
  2. Create a my_tool.xml wrapper to
    • define tool ID and display name
    • declare inputs
    • declare outputs
    • list test files
    • user documentation
  3. Edit tool_conf.xml to add a line for the new XML file
  4. Restart galaxy
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