Building and deploying galaxy-kickstart in docker


You need to have docker installed and configured for your user.

The repository comes with various Dockerfiles that can be used to configure a deployment using Docker, or you can start with a pre-built docker image.

Running images from the dockerhub

You can obtain a pre-built docker image from the dockerhub:

docker pull artbio/galaxy-kickstart-base

Start the image and serve it on port 8080 of your local machine in the standard docker way:

CID=`docker run -d -p 8080:80 artbio/galaxy-kickstart-base`

-p 8080:80 will forward requests to nginx inside the container running on port 80.

Runtime changes to pre-built docker images

If you wish to reach the container on a subdirectory, add -e NGINX_GALAXY_LOCATION="/my-subdirectory" to the docker call and galaxy will be served at

We recommend changing the default admin user as well, so the command becomes:

CID=`docker run -d -e NGINX_GALAXY_LOCATION="/my-subdirectory" -e -p 8080:80 artbio/galaxy-kickstart-base`

Commit changed containers to new images

As with standard docker containers, you can change, tag and commit running containers when you have configured them to your liking: Commit the changes to my-new-image

docker commit $CID my-new-image

Stop and remove the original container:

docker stop $CID && docker rm $CID

Start the new container:

CID=`docker run -d -e NGINX_GALAXY_LOCATION="/my-subdirectory" -e -p 8080:80 my-new-image`

Persisting to disk

All changes made to the container are by default ephemeral; if you remove the container, the changes are gone. To persist data (this includes the postgresql database, galaxy's config files and your user data), mount a Volume into the containers /export folder. Due to the persistance mechanism (we use bind-mounts inside the container), you need to privilege the container. Assuming you would like to mount your local /data folder, run

CID=`docker run -d --privileged -v /data:/export -p 8080:80 my-new-image`

This will run through the persistence tags of the galaxy.yml and export the required files to /export (now on your machine's /data). From the new location the files are being bind-mounted back into their original location.