Galaxy FTP Upload

File Upload via FTP

Uploading data directly from the browser can be unreliable and cumbersome. Because of this the Main Galaxy allows you to upload data via FTP. FTP will allow you to monitor the upload status as well as resume interrupted transfers. Compression types .gz/.gzip, .bz/.bzip, .bz2/.bzip2, and single-file .zip are also supported.


If you are completely new to FTP transfers you might benefit from reading a wikihow page about it.

To get started using FTP with Galaxy, you'll need to have registered a regular Galaxy account. Once registered, you can initiate an FTP connection in your preferred FTP client. Please see the comparison of available FTP clients.

Upload from client

In this example I'm using ForkLift for MacOS. Point your client to the FTP server hostname provided in the upload modal window ( for Galaxy Main). FTP client connection details

In many clients, the first time you use FTPS, a certificate authentication will often be required (secure SLL/TSL was implimented at on July 19, 2017).

In this video, the changes for FTPS are explained along with how to configure FTP client settings and verfify the target server's certificate.

Below you can see my files copied to the destination on Galaxy's FTP server. files uploaded to Galaxy FTP server

Import to Galaxy

Files uploaded to the FTP server won't automatically be imported to your history - rather, you will be presented with a list of the contents of your FTP directory in the standard upload interface. Select the ones you want to import and hit Start.

FTP files on the Upload File tool form

Configure for your Galaxy

FTP upload can be configured in local installations of Galaxy, instructions to do so can be found at admin/config/upload-via-ftp.