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galaxy-central (ngs) / README_nglims.md

This is a custom fork of the main Galaxy server that incorporates a lightweight next generation sequencing information management system on top of existing Galaxy functionality. The Galaxy portion of the code is hosted at:


and it integrates with an automated analysis pipeline:


A high level overview, with videos, is available at:



Instructions are available from:



The main entry point for customization is the configuration file in tool-data/nglims.yaml. This provides a way to automatically populate the forms used for requesting sample information and organizing sample states. This information is stored in the Galaxy database, using their standard form parameters, so should be edited and settled before entering your sample data. Adjustments are possible at any time but can require custom scripts to migrate existing data, so it's nice to avoid this if you can.


The request section contains definitions for the forms. These are stored in the database so after each edit you need to run the python script to update the correct tables:

     python scripts/nglims/add_ng_defaults.py universe_wsgi.ini

Requests are different processes that might be done in the lab, like Library Constrution or Sequencing. Each request contains two main types of form definitions:

  • inputs -- These are values that are required for a process. These will need to be entered by the user whether the process was done by the researcher, or is requested to be done at your facility. This helps collect information that is needed to perform the process.

  • details -- These are values that come out of a process and will be known once it's finished. These may be required by subsequent steps and need to be entered by a researcher if the process is not done at the sequencing facility. For instance, the insert size from library construction is helpful for validating libraries before sequencing.


The custom YAML file also provides a location for standardized barcodes. Any number of barcode choices can be included, and require a top level name along with barcode name/sequence key/value pairs for each barcode. Edits here do not require any update of the database; you only need to restart Galaxy.


The samples section defines the states and operations associated with these states. While names are configurable, adding new operations requires writing corresponding request code in the controller.


This details some of the more non-obvious features which are available in the interface.

Manually editing values and changing states

Administrators and sequencing technicians can edit samples and move samples between states. This is useful for correcting mistakes in entry, manually adjusting the state of a sample, or moving samples to the cancelled or on-hold queue.

When logging in as a sequencing user, this is done in the 'View projects' section. Clicking on the samples for the project give you an 'Edit' choice in the right panel to edit samples. The 'Modify state' button allows manually swapping the state of a sample.