news from the Galaxy Docker project!

With the recent addition of tags in trusted builds it's now possible to create a tagged Docker Images for every stable Galaxy release.

I will try to maintain that and will release every two month, in sync with the Galaxy release, a new Docker image.

Feedback welcome!



Am 30.04.2014 00:43, schrieb Björn Grüning:
Dear Galaxy Devs and Users,

I'm pleased to announce the Galaxy Docker Image project!

The Galaxy Docker Image is an easy distributable full-fledged Galaxy
installation, that can be used for testing, teaching and presenting new
tools and features.

One of the main goals is to make the access to entire tool suites as
easy as possible. Usually, this includes the setup of a public available
webservice that needs to be maintained, or that the Tool-user needs to
either setup a Galaxy Server by its own or to have Admin access to a
local Galaxy server. With docker, tool developers can create their own
Image with all dependencies and the user only needs to run it within
docker. Ideally suited to make your reviewers happy :)

Currently, I have three test images to play with. The first one,
bgruening/galaxy-stable is the main Image that will do all the heavy
lifting of setting up PostgreSQL, Apache and Galaxy.

bgruening/deepTools and bgruening/chemicaltoolbox are proof of concepts
how easy it is to create an own Image build on top of the main Galaxy


How to use it:
docker run -d -p 8080:80 bgruening/galaxy-deeptools
docker run -d -p 8080:80 -p 8000:8000 bgruening/galaxy-chemicaltoolbox

For a more detailed description please read:

I would be very much interested in any kind of feedback.
Especially, in two technical questions:

I'm not sure if a "trusted build" from the docker index is the best way
to go. Trusted Builds in docker are super convenient. It is a
post-commit hook from github. Every time something is pushed, the image
will be rebuild. The problem is that I can't tag my images with "trusted
builds" and unless I have missed something, that forces me to create new
repositories every time a new Galaxy release is out.
A better way would be, one repository with different tags:
galaxy-stable, galaxy-feb-2014 and so on. Every Galaxy release will be
just a diff between the old and the new. But this is not possible with
"trusted builds".

One other trick I used is to remove the mercurial history, that saves
180MB. I'm not sure if this is wise, because it probably kills a few use
cases. Currently, the aim of this project is a little bit different from
being a developer environment. So I decided to remove it. Please ping me
if this was a bad decision :)

Thanks for reading!
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