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What is Galaxy?

Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational biomedical research.

  • Accessible: Users without programming experience can easily specify parameters and run tools and workflows.

  • Reproducible: Galaxy captures information so that any user can repeat and understand a complete computational analysis.

  • Transparent: Users share and publish analyses via the web and create Pages, interactive, web-based documents that describe a complete analysis.

Getting Started

As we are still rolling out this service, there are two ways of using Galaxy at this time.

1. The public galaxy server at This is a service hosted and supported by the Galaxy Project, and as such you will need to register with them for an account. This is a great way of getting acclimated with the application.

2. Galaxy local instance. If you plan on experimenting with galaxy on the comfort of your own machine, don't plan on having multiple users, and/or need more storage space than is available with most hosted Galaxy instances, you can try our Galaxy VM. Click here for instructions. Note this is still experimental - we are looking for beta users to help us determine the optimal confguration for this.


For some good starter documentation on galaxy, see here: