Getting Started
Galaxy API
Source Code
Best Practices

Getting Started with Galaxy Development

This page is a combination walk through guide and list of links meant to help new developers become acquainted with the Galaxy development ecosystem and how to contribute in a wide variety of ways.

Develop a Tool

Once familiar with Galaxy, every developer should write at least one Galaxy tool - it is the most common way to extend Galaxy with new functionality. A "tool" wraps an external application, script, or shell command - describing both the user interface and how to translate it into a command-line via a simple XML file.

Contributing to the Extended Galaxy Ecosystem

In addition to the Galaxy core project and tool projects listed above - there are many open source projects related to Galaxy that would welcome contributions - many but certainly not all of them can be found on the galaxyproject landing page on github. Many more are in the following list (the Issues pages of these projects offer many great ways to contribute to the Galaxy ecosystem).