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2021 Galaxy Admin Training

The ins and outs of setting up your own production quality Galaxy server.

The next Galaxy Admin Training will be offered online and asynchronously January 25-29.

This workshop will cover introductory and advanced topics you need to know to set up your own production, high-performance and multi-user Galaxy instance. Sessions will be intensive and hands-on, and taught by experienced instructors from the Galaxy Community. Participants will learn how to install, configure, customize, and extend their own Galaxy servers. Topics include tool configuration, authentication and user management, using heterogeneous storage and compute services, and many other topics that will enable you to get your own Galaxy server up and running, performing well, and used by your community.

Galaxy is an open web based platform for biomedical data integration and analysis. It is deployed at large and small organizations around the world and used in a broad range of biomedical research domains, and across the tree of life.


This admin training will be presented as a series of instructional lectures and hands-on materials you can follow at your own pace.

Given that we are targetting a global audience, participants will be able to complete materials at their convenience during the week, and instructors will be continuously available for students to check in with and discuss progress and questions. Instructors will also be available for one-on-one debugging when needed.


Please review the prerequisites carefully before applying. If you don't meet the prerequisites then this workshop will be a frustrating experience.

Comfortable with the Unix/Linux command line

Most of the workshop will happen at the Linux command line. If you aren’t comfortable with this before you arrive, then you will be lost the entire time. How comfortable do you need to be? Here’s a sampling of commands and concepts that you should be comfortable with:

cd, mkdir, rmdir, ls
tar, gzip
cp, mv, rm, chmod, ln 
~, .., ./, /tmp,
cat, tail, less

Note: This is not an exhaustive list (or even a proper subset) of the commands that will be used in the workshop. They are included here to give you an idea of the depth of knowledge that is required.

Competent in a Unix/Linux text editor

Linux has several text editors available in it. You’ll need to be competent in at least one of them before the workshop starts. Organizers will make sure that these editors are available on the Linux images we use in the workshop:

  • Nano: Simple and functional. Gets the job done.
  • Emacs: Powerful and a wee bit scary.
  • VIM: Powerful, efficient, and more than a wee bit scary.

Compute Requirements

  • Reliable internet connection. Your connection needs to be good enough that you can

    • watch pre-recorded videos over the internet
    • participate in at least chat, and preferably audio discussions with instructors
  • Your computer should have

    • at least 4GB of memory (more is better)
    • Software to access the command line of a Linux server.

      • If you are running Linux or Mac OS, then you already have this.
      • If you are running Windows than you’ll need to get something like putty installed before the workshop.
    • A recent version of either the Chrome or Firefox web browser installed.

Applications are closed

This workshop is free. However, space is limited and applications are expected to be competitive. The deadline for applications was the end of December 18.

If you are interested in being notified about future Galaxy Admin Training opportunities, then please register your interest here, and we will notify you.