Galaxy Choices

Galaxy is available in several different ways.

Main -

Galaxy has a free public server at (also known as Main) that can be used by anyone. See Main for more on this option.

Local Galaxy

  • You can install your own local instance of Galaxy. See Get Galaxy for details on how to do this.

  • Alternatively, you can run a full-fledged Galaxy installation using a Docker Image.

Use a Public Galaxy Platform (server, cloud, deployable)

The Galaxy Platform Directory lists over 100 publicly accessible ways to use Galaxy. This includes publicly accessible Galaxy servers on the web, academic and commercialcloud services, and locally (and easily) deployable containers and virtual machines.

Get the SlipStream Galaxy Appliance

Get a dedicated server pre-configured with a fully operational Galaxy instance. SlipStream Galaxy minimizes the IT burden of running and maintaining your own local instance with pre-installed analysis tools, pre-loaded datasets, automatic software updates, and a high-performance infrastructure designed to handle computationally intensive analysis tasks. Visit the SlipStream Appliance: Galaxy Edition website for pricing and other details.

Which Option to Choose?

Your choices depends upon your needs. Here are the options depending on what you need:

Main Local Cloud Slipstream Other
Your data sets are moderately sized Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Your computational requirements are moderate Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
You want to share your Galaxy objects with others Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
All needed tools are installed on Main. Yes ? Yes Yes ?
Your data sets are very large No ? Yes Yes ?
Your computational requirements are very large No ? Yes Yes ?
You have absolute data security requirements No Yes Yes Yes ?
No network transfer of data No Yes No Yes No