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GeneMANIA helps you predict the function of your favourite genes and gene sets.

Build instructions



  1. JDK (v1.7; other vesions may work)
  2. Maven (v3.2+)


  1. common : common APIs used amongst the projects
  2. engine : the GeneMANIA algorithm engine
  3. broker : for communicating between the website and workers that use the engine
  4. website : the website backend (webservices etc)
  5. adminweb : the administrative interface for editing data used in the website
  6. plugin : the Cytoscape plugin/app


  1. To build all Java projects: mvn package
  2. To build a particular project, e.g. website mvn package -pl website -am

Website UI


  • Short UI build summary :
  • Install Node.js v6 and npm
  • cd website-ui
  • npm run website
  • The website-ui contains the frontend interface for the website. Naturally, JavaScript is used for the UI and the build process, so the build process here differs from the previous Java projects. The website should pull in the latest UI by calling the appropriate website-ui target — that way, the website always automatically gets the latest UI on each build.
  • The website UI assumes a local development environment, unless deployed to the website Java project. For local development, the UI assumes the website server resides at http://localhost:8080/genemania. You can configure this in js/debug/debug.js.


  1. Node.js v6 & npm
  2. Gulp: sudo npm install -g gulp
  3. NB: you must npm install before using gulp

Targets: gulp <target1> <target2> ...

  • clean : clean built ui files (resets ui to default unminified state)
  • clean-all : clean ui & website
  • minify/build : build the minified ui
  • watch (default) : autocompilation & livereload for dev
  • Building java website
  • javac : build java website
  • javac-wdeps : build java website and its java dependencies
  • javac-deploy : build java website and deploy to tomcat
  • javac-clean : clean java website built files
  • java-deploy : deploy java website to tomcat
  • java-deploy-clean : clean java website in tomcat
  • website : deploys the built ui to the tomcat app war dir
  • website-unmin : deploys the unminified, built ui to the tomcat app war dir
  • website-clean : cleans the website proj & tomcat war dir

Deployment instructions

Follow these instructions to deploy your own external instance of GeneMANIA:


  1. JDK (v1.7+; other vesions may work)
  2. Maven (v3.2+)
  3. Tomcat (v8; other versions may work)

Deploying the data:

  1. TODO

Deploying the website:

  1. Build the UI: cd website-ui && npm i && npm run website && cd ..
  2. You must clean the engine before building (at least once to install mtj): mvn clean
  3. Build the website: mvn package -pl website -am -P local
  4. Deploy the produced .war file to Tomcat

Debugging tools

  • Eclipse works fairly well as an IDE for this project
  • Configure Eclipse to use the JDK you want for building or else it will use the old system default
  • m2e for maven; reports some errors but works OK despite that
  • [Sysdeo Tomcat plugin] for debugging the webservices website; can be used on Tomcat 8 even though it's not listed on their site


GeneMANIA is actively developed at the University of Toronto, in the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, in the labs of Gary Bader and Quaid Morris. GeneMANIA development was originally funded by Genome Canada, through the Ontario Genomics Institute (2007-OGI-TD-05) and is now funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.


GeneMANIA helps you predict the function of your favourite genes and gene sets.






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