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Welcome to the Galactic Blog, a list of Galaxy related blog posts from community members. This blog contains longer form posts or pointers to longer form posts that are elsewhere on the web.

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2 Sep 2021 Luke Sargent

from the Galactic Blog

Cancer informatics working group T2 update

CI-WG Updates from the tertile

28 Aug 2021 Peter van Heusden

from Low Order Magic

Galaxy 21.05 upgrade and cluster_venv

Using a specific venv for running on the cluster that is configured on the cluster

20 Aug 2021 Peter van Heusden

from SANBI News

SANBI provides leadership at Galaxy Community Conference

Highlights of GCC2021 included talks on Galaxy tools for analysing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and a number of talks on the use of Galaxy in a pathogen genomics and public health context.

7 Aug 2021 Christina Hall

from Australian BioCommons

New high memory computers fast-track insights into large genomes

Galaxy Australia’s new high memory servers have delivered an impressive leap forward for scientists with large datasets and computationally-intensive analyses.

9 Jun 2021 Meaghan McConlogue

from Terra Blog

A Galaxy of tools at your fingertips

Galaxy is now available in all flavors of the Terra platform.

28 May 2021 Beatriz Serrano-Solano


Galaxy Resources for ... Webinars Summary

Watch them now.

7 May 2021 Alex Mahmoud, Nuwan Goonasekera, Keith Suderman, Enis Afgan

from the Galactic Blog

Galaxy Helm chart v4.0

From dev to testing to production on the same stack.

3 May 2021 Mehmet Tekman, Beatriz Serrano-Solano


Plant Transcriptomics Workshop: A Summary

New platform, new learners, new paradigms.

29 Apr 2021 Simon Bray, Wolfgang Maier, Beatriz Serrano-Solano and Björn Grüning


Monitoring of raw open data for SARS-CoV-2 genome surveillance is now automatically collecting, and analyzing raw sequencing data published by the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK).

24 Mar 2021 Nolan Woods

from Innovate Invent

Tips and tricks for Galaxy

"a useful bag of tricks and tools"

15 Mar 2021 Saskia Hiltemann, Helena Rasche

from Gallantries Blog

GTN Smörgåsbord: A Global Galaxy Course

A report on the largest Galaxy event ever.

1 Mar 2021 Enis Afgan

from GalaxyWorks Blog

How to choose the Galaxy that works for you

With hundreds of options available to use Galaxy, how do you pick the right one for you?

22 Feb 2021 Wolfgang Maier, Marius Van Den Beek, Björn Grüning, Sergei Kosakovsky Pond, Anton Nekrutenko, and the Galaxy Team in US, EU, and AU

from Virological

Global framework for SARS-CoV-2 data analysis: Application to intrahost variation

Parts 1 and 2

8 Feb 2021 Dan Blankenberg

from GalaxyWorks Blog

Change a datatype on multiple datasets

3 Feb 2021 Kelli Shute, Enis Afgan

from Trusted CI Blog

Trusted CI and SGCI Collaborate to Secure the Galaxy Science Gateway Platform

On the path toward Galaxy security compliance

1 Feb 2021 Helena Rasche

from Gallantries Blog

Galaxy Admin Training with the Gallantries

Lessons learned

30 Jan 2021 Wolfgang Maier


New and updated CNV and Variant Calling tools

on and in the Toolshed

29 Jan 2021 Geraldine Van der Auwera

from Terra Blog

Try out Galaxy in Terra via AnVIL

Your own personal Galaxy

22 Jan 2021 Wolfgang Maier, Björn Grüning


Variant Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing Data

January 2021 update

31 Dec 2020 Beatriz Serrano-Solano, Björn Grüning


The European Galaxy Server in 2020

What a shitty year! But it’s over and we hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

22 Dec 2020 Beatriz Serrano-Solano, Muhammet Celik


Open Life Science program & the Galaxy community

involvement in OLS-2 and invitation to apply to the next cohort

26 Nov 2020 Anne Fouilloux

from EOSC-Nordic

Insights from the first cross-training between EOSC-Life and EOSC-Nordic

Galaxy as a common platform

24 Nov 2020 Freiburg Galaxy Team


Activity report of the last 5 years of the Freiburg Galaxy Team

Crucial infrastructure serving more than 22,000 researchers

20 Nov 2020 Peter Bickerton

from Earlham Institute

Accessible single-cell RNA-sequencing bioinformatics training using Galaxy

14 Oct 2020 Leighton Pritchard


Teaching Advanced Microbiology with Galaxy and TIaaS

Addressing challenges the global coronavirus pandemic

15 Sep 2020 Alireza Khanteymoori, Björn Grüning, and Beatriz Serrano-Solano


Remote training using Galaxy

Lessons learned from our ELIXIR Galaxy Machine Learning Workshop

28 Aug 2020 Peter van Heusden

from SASBi News

Bioinformatics training in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bioinformatics online

26 Aug 2020 Dave Clements

from the Galactic Blog

Galaxy: the first 10,000 pubs

The Galaxy Publication Library hits a milestone

22 Aug 2020 Björn Grüning and Beatriz Serrano-Solano


3 steps to get your tool into Galaxy

A real-world example

13 Aug 2020 BCC2020 Organizers

from BCC2020

Lessons learnt from organizing a virtual conference (BCC2020)

27 Jul 2020 Anne Fouilloux


Climate Science at BCC2020

July has been a very busy month for Galaxy Climate

27 Jul 2020 Chris Armit

from GIGABlog

Birthdays and Online Conferences go Viral. ISMB2020 & BCC2020 in the time of COVID-19

Meetings In the Time of Coronavirus: Conferences go Viral

19 Jul 2020 StreetScience


The landscape of SARS-CoV-2 RNA modifications

Studying the RNA modifications of SARS-CoV-2 to improve understanding of SARS viruses

16 Jul 2020 Nuwan Goonasekera, Alexandru Mahmoud, Mohamad Safadieh, Enis Afgan

from the Galactic Blog

GVL 5.0-beta4: data browser, project-level isolation, and Galaxy 20.05

The GVL workbench now integrated through data

29 Jun 2020 Emily Lescak

from Code for Science & Society Blog

Go global and go affordable

How BCC2020 went online

22 Jun 2020 Alexandru Mahmoud, Nuwan Goonasekera, Enis Afgan

from the Galactic Blog

Multi-tenant, multi-project GVL with Galaxy, Jupyter, Terminal, and RStudio

Complete analysis on one platform, including training and collaboration

24 Apr 2020 Alexandru Mahmoud, Nuwan Goonasekera, Luke Sargent, Enis Afgan

from the Galactic Blog

GVL 5.0-beta2 release

30% faster and single sign-on, ohh my

23 Apr 2020 Björn Grüning


Multi-omics Visualization Platform: An extensible Galaxy plug-in for multi-omics data visualization and exploration

a visualization plug-in that extends Galaxy-P’s advantages into the visualization of large, complex datasets

15 Apr 2020 Michael Thompson

from OBF

Galaxy Admin 2020 and beyond

Everything about Galaxy is Ansible!

14 Apr 2020 Magnus Ø. Arntzen


Integrative meta-omics analysis

Integrative meta-omics analysis - Metagenomics, Metatranscriptomics, Metaproteomics

14 Feb 2020 Enis Afgan, Nuwan Goonasekera, Alexandru Mahmoud, Alex Ostrovsky, the GVL and Galaxy teams

from the Galactic Blog

With Love: The All-new GVL 5.0 (beta)

Now more reliable, with better security, and with new features.

7 Jan 2020 Yvan Le Bras, Simon Bénateau

from the Galactic Blog

Crowdsourcing citizen science data on

Galaxy for Ecology, mixing Ecology research, Citizen Science and Massively Multi Online Science

18 Dec 2019 Stephan Beck

from Personal Genome Project UK blog

Reaching for the stars: PGP-UK multi-omics data now also available on Galaxy Europe

Galaxy is particularly useful for anyone seeking training in multi-omics analyses and creating of workflows.

20 Nov 2019 Ivan Kuzmin


gProfiler is published and running on

A toolset for functional enrichment analysis and conversions of gene lists.

14 Nov 2019 Ben Orsburn

from News in Proteomics Research

Great GalaxyP Tutorials hosted at

The arguments are building up for why you need this

2 Nov 2019 Tomas Klingstrom


Sweden + South Africa Training Update

Agricultural Sciences collaboration between Swedish University of Agricultural sciences researchers and the Agricultural Research Council in South Africa

23 Oct 2019 European Galaxy Team


Use the power of pandas / numpy to transform tabular datasets on

Drop or duplicate given rows or columns from a tabular dataset, filter rows or columns on their properties, replace or transform table elements, ...

17 Aug 2019 Tobias Neumann



SLAMseq analysis for nucleotide-conversion sequencing datasets

6 Aug 2019 Anika Erxleben, Helena Rashce, Björn Grüning


Galaxy Community Conference

A brief summary

5 Aug 2019 Björn Grüning


The Galaxy Genome Annotation Project

Scaling Genome Annotation for the Masses

29 Jul 2019 Dave Clements

from the Galactic Blog

Looking for Galaxy (info), in all the right places

Which are dangerously close to the wrong places...

23 Jul 2019 Dave Clements, Martin Cech, Mo Heydarian, Hans-Rudolf Hotz and Nicola Soranzo

from the Galactic Blog

Galaxy on Twitter: An Update

What's happening, right now

8 Jul 2019 Erin Becker, Francois Michonneau

from the Galactic Blog

22 Months in the Making: New (Carpentries) Genomics Curriculum Release

What goes into a major lesson update?

30 May 2019 Enis Afgan and Nuwan Goonasekera

from the Galactic Blog

Enabling cloud bursting for Galaxy

Expand your compute horizons.

15 Apr 2019 Enis Afgan and Vahid Jalili

from the Galactic Blog

Building up support for the Google Cloud Platform in Galaxy

Get on the cloud, Google Cloud!

2 Apr 2019 Björn Grüning

from the Galactic Blog

A sneak peak at GCC2019

New scheduling format this year

28 Feb 2019 Mo Heydarian

from the Galactic Blog

Interview with Nate Coraor: CVMFS & Galaxy

Find out about Galaxy's favorite filesystem

15 Jan 2019 Bérénice Batut

from the Galactic Blog

Tutorial of the Month: "Genome annotation with Prokka", selected by Simon Gladman

27 Dec 2018 Ben Orsburn

from the Galactic Blog

Hey Galaxy People! Want easy proteo-transcriptomics!??!

QuanTP is a great new gap bridging tool!

12 Dec 2018 Martin Čech

from the Galactic Blog

Contributor of the Month: Simon Gladman

27 Nov 2018 Ming Chen

from the Galactic Blog

Galaxy Tool Generator (GTG)

A web application for developing Galaxy tools through web interfaces

15 Nov 2018 Bérénice Batut

from the Galactic Blog

Tutorial of the Month: "Reference-based RNA-Seq data analysis", selected by Saskia Hiltemann

1 Nov 2018 Martin Čech

from the Galactic Blog

Contributor of the Month: Saskia Hiltemann

15 Oct 2018 Bérénice Batut

from the Galactic Blog

Tutorial of the Month: "Galaxy 101", selected by Yvan Le Bras

1 Oct 2018 Björn Grüning

from the Galactic Blog

Contributor of the Month: Yvan Le Bras

Citizen Science and Galaxy for Ecology

28 Sep 2018 Bérénice Batut

from the Galactic Blog

Tutorial of the Month: Maria Doyle selected "From peaks to genes"

17 Sep 2018 Christina Hall

from EMBL-ABR News

Hybrid training delivers online participatory training to far-reaching venues

Hybrid training delivers online participatory training to far-reaching venues, with Galaxy of course

5 Sep 2018 Björn Grüning

from the Galactic Blog

Contributor of the Month: Carrie Ganote

30 Aug 2018 Peter Briggs

from Galactic Engineer

Mercurial-based tool installation issues in Galaxy 18.05

Seeing "Error cloning repository: [Errno 2] No such file or directory"?

1 Aug 2018 Björn Grüning

from the Galactic Blog

Contributor of the Month: Pablo Moreno

15 Jun 2018 Bérénice Batut, on behalf of the Galaxy Training Network

from the Galactic Blog

A fruitful year for the Galaxy Training material

1 Feb 2018 Arun Decano

from arundecano: Research Findings & World Wanderings blog

Coding in the Winter Wonderland: Galaxy Admin Training in Oslo, 2018

8 Jan 2018 Ming Chen

from the Galactic Blog

Galaxy R Markdown Tools

Using R Markdown as a framework to develop Galaxy tools

12 Dec 2017 Tomas Klingström

from the Galactic Blog

Galaksio: a Galaxy user interface focused on running prepared workflows

Make your workflows more accessible to non-bioinformaticians

11 Dec 2017 Tomas Klingström

from Freiburg Galaxy Team Blog

Bioinformatic training with the B3Africa project

Training using the Galaksio interface

1 Dec 2017 Vimalkumar Velayudhan

from Vimalkumar Velayudhan's Blog

Setup your own instance of the Galaxy Bioinformatics platform on DigitalOcean

Setup a DigitalOcean droplet with Galaxy, Apache and PostgreSQL

8 Nov 2017 B. Grüning

from the Galactic Blog

Galaxy Docker 17.09

CVMFS and Singularity support

16 Oct 2017 Anton Nekrutenko

from the Galactic Blog

Small genome assembly in Galaxy

Why not to do assembly on-line?

16 Oct 2017 Dave Clements

from the Galactic Blog

Galaxy: the first 5,000 pubs

The Galaxy Publication Library hits a milestone

10 Oct 2017 Björn Grüning

from the Galactic Blog

SciPy and scikit-learn integration into Galaxy

6 Oct 2017 Helena Rasche

from the Galactic Blog

Public Galaxy Server Dashboard

a new view of the Universe

5 Oct 2017 Frederik Coppens, Gildas Le Corguillé, Björn Grüning

from the Galactic Blog

ELIXIR establishes a new official Community for Galaxy

4 Oct 2017 Dave Clements

from the Galactic Blog

Welcome to the Galactic Blog

It needs you

20 Sep 2017 Ben Orsburn

from News in Proteomics Research

APOSTL -- A staggering number of Galaxy AP-MS tools in a user friendly interface!

where all the Galaxy tools for Affiniity purification/enrichment MS experiments are located in a form where we all can use them

1 Aug 2017 Jeffrey Perkel

from Naturejobs Blog

TechBlog: Jupyter Joins the Galaxy

Working with data programmatically inside Galaxy

31 Jul 2017 Hollydawn Murry

from F1000 Research blog

Intergalactique – the Galaxy Community Conference 2017

a run down of this year's Galaxy Community Conference

25 Jul 2017 Simon Gladman

from Melbourne Bioinformatics Projects Blog

Elixir, CLIMB, Sanger and the Galaxy Community Conference

UK, UK, UK, and France

29 May 2017 Paul Gordon

from ACHRI Bioinformatics

The ungoogleable: Authenticating a Galaxy Portal with Active Directory

How to configure Apache to authenticate a user against an LDAP server that requires authentication to search

28 Apr 2017 Scott Edmunds

from (GIGA)Blog

Guardians of the Galaxy Workflow

Galaxy Series, Volumes 1-12

25 Apr 2017 Peter Briggs

from Galactic Engineer

Securing Galaxy with HTTPS running with Nginx using Let’s Encrypt

Secure communication between a Galaxy instance and its users

17 Mar 2017 Nathan Bott

from Dell EMC Emerging Technologies Blog

Galaxy: A Workflow Management System for Modern Life Sciences Research

Focus on the data

10 Mar 2017 Rafa Hernández

from Docker Galaxy Stable Docs

How to upgrade a Galaxy Docker image

A step by step guide

2 Nov 2016 Chase Miller

from iobio Blog

IOBIO Now in Galaxy

bam.iobio and vcf.iobio can now be launched directly from galaxy using your data already stored there.

20 Sep 2016 Björn Grüning

from (GIGA)Blog

Conda as a new standard for Galaxy tool dependencies

For deployment issues, we need a package manager that is operating system and programming language agnostic...

24 Aug 2016 Greg Von Kuster

from Greg Von Kuster's GitHub

Galaxy tools for Constructive Solid Geometry

Galaxy CSG flavor

13 Jul 2016 Igor Makunin

from Genomics Virtual Lab – Queensland

Moving data between Galaxy instances

A howto guide on getting data from one instance to another.

20 Jun 2016 Marius van den Beek

from Docker Galaxy Stable Docs

Running Jobs Outside the Galaxy Docker Container

Instructions on how to do this ...

3 Mar 2016 Alex Kanterakis

from Alexandros Kanterakis's Gist

Setting up Galaxy with TORQUE on AWS

A basic guide on how to setup Galaxy with TORQUE in an EC2 instance

14 Dec 2015 Nicole Nogoy

from (GIGA)Blog

We Wish You a GigaChristmas: A 2015 Wrap-Up

a summary of our recent technical developments

8 Dec 2015 Mikael Loaec, Olivier Inizan

from the Galactic Blog

Testing connexion between Galaxy and iRODS

Testing the connexion of Galaxy to iRODS object store.

21 Oct 2015 Steve Cassidy

from Steve Cassidy's blog

Galaxy Tool Generating Datasets

How to generate dataset collections from a Galaxy tool

9 Oct 2015 Peter van Heusden

from low order magic

How Galaxy resolves tool dependencies (or not)

Explanation of Galaxy's tool dependency definitions that specify how to source the actual packages that implement the tool’s commands

30 Jul 2015 Hans-Rudolf Hotz

from the Galactic Blog

Moving from MySQL to PostgreSQL

It is pretty simple, though you might hit some obstacles depending on how old your MySQL server is and how much you have manually interfered with the database.

12 Jul 2015 Benedikt Rauscher, Benjamen White

from Benjamen White's Blog

BioJS2Galaxy - A step by step guide

A simple step by step guide on how to use Sebastian Wilzbach’s application, biojs2galaxy.

2 Jun 2015 Peter Briggs

from Galactic Engineer

Exposing Galaxy reports via nginx in a production instance

Outline how I've done this for our local Galaxy set up, which uses nginx.

22 Apr 2015 Peter Briggs

from Galactic Engineer

Using GALAXY_SLOTS with multithreaded Galaxy tools

Using GALAXY_SLOTS with multithreaded Galaxy tools

18 Mar 2015 Peter Briggs

from Galactic Engineer

Installing ANNOVAR in Galaxy

A HOWTO for installing ANNOVAR in Galaxy

17 Mar 2015 Peter Briggs

from Galactic Engineer

Custom Google web searches for Galaxy help

Astronomy, phones, sports teams, chocolate, cars. Not.

28 Feb 2015 Pierre Lindenbaum


Integrating a Java Program in Galaxy

Example showing how to install a Java program as a tool in a Galaxy instance

28 Feb 2015 Peter Briggs

from Galactic Engineer

FTP upload to Galaxy using ProFTPd and PBKDF2

How to implement ProFTPd using PBKFD2 protocol for encryption

27 Nov 2014 Nicole Nogoy

from (GIGA)Blog

Getting Techy With It: GigaScience Technology Update 2014

GigaGalaxy and “bring your own” data parties

1 Sep 2014 Tracey Timms-Wilson

from The Bio-Linux at the NERC Environmental 'Omics Synthesis Centre series

Overview of Galaxy on Bio-Linux 8

Want to run Galaxy under Bio-Linux 8?

10 Jun 2014 William Holtz

from the Galactic Blog

Setting up a secure tool shed with remote authentication

Requires some tweaks in order to allow Galaxy to communicate with the Tool Shed

24 Apr 2014 Scott Edmunds

from (GIGA)Blog

All systems go at ICSB 2014 and the Great GigaScience and Galaxy (G3) workshop

Tackling irreproducible research

28 Mar 2014 Olivier Inizan, Mikael Loaec

from Puppet Forge

Basic Galaxy Puppet Module

A puppet module for a very basic galaxy server (use for development)

6 Feb 2014 Scott Edmunds

from (GIGA)Blog

Rewarding Reproducibility: First Papers in our Galaxy Series utilizing our GigaGalaxy platform

GigaScience moves toward more interactive articles

27 Jan 2014 Tim Booth

from the Galactic Blog

Problem with logout when using LDAP for authentication with remoteUser enabled

Make changes to 4 Galaxy configuration files

5 Dec 2013 Contributors

from IFB Galaxy Work Group Wiki

Tool Integration Short Tutorial

Documents best practices for tool integration

27 Oct 2013 Sarah Maman, Nabihoudine Ibou

from IFB Galaxy Work Group Wiki

IGV Integration

How to set up IGV-Galaxy integration in Apache and Galaxy, including adding custom genomes

23 Oct 2013 Contributors

from IFB Galaxy Work Group Wiki

Sharing workflows between servers

Process for sharing workflows, including wrapping necessary tools

12 Oct 2013 Thomas Cokelaer

from BioServices Documentation

Using BioServices Python Library with Galaxy

A HOWTO on linking BioServices and Galaxy

9 Jul 2013 John Chilton

from CloudBioLinux Repo

CloudBioLinux Deployer CloudMan QuickStart

How to build CloudMan instances from scratch using the CloudBioLinux deployer

9 Jul 2013 Scott Edmunds

from (GIGA)Blog

#usegalaxy lights up northern skies

eye-wateringly expensive alcohol, brown cheese and reproducible research at the Galaxy Community Conference in Oslo

6 May 2013 Samuel Lampa

from Samuel's Tech Blog

Creating a Galaxy tool for R scripts that output images and PDFs

XML wrapper and R code

10 Apr 2013 Contributors

from IFB Galaxy Work Group Wiki

Virtualization at URGI

Documents creation of virtual machine ISO image

21 Feb 2013 Brad Chapman

from CloudBioLinux Repo

Genome download & indexing using Galaxy rsync servers

Python script in CloudBioLinux

25 Jan 2013 Quang Trinh

from modENCODE-DCC: Galaxy GitHub Repo

Launch a customized modENCODE Galaxy on Amazon Web Services

A HOWTO guide

1 Jan 2013 Kostas Karasavvas


Create Galaxy Tool from Taverna 2 Workflow

The workflow-to-galaxy Ruby Gem

Dave Clements, ...

from the Galactic Blog

nn Galaxy Resources You Should Know About - 2019 Edition

Resources that will help you use Galaxy in your research