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OHDSI Broadsea


Broadsea deploys the full OHDSI technology stack (R methods library & web tools), using cross-platform Docker container technology.

Information on Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI)

This repository contains the example Docker Compose files used to launch the Broadsea Docker containers:

Broadsea can deploy the OHDSI stack on any of the following infrastructure alternatives:

  • laptop / desktop
  • internally hosted server
  • cloud provider hosted server
  • cluster of servers (internally or cloud provider hosted)

It supports any database management system that the OHDSI stack supports. The examples provided in this repository are for connecting to PostgreSQL, Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server databases.

It supports any OS where Docker containers can run, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (including Ubuntu, CentOS & CoreOS)

Usage Scenarios:

Broadsea deploys the OHDSI technology stack at your local site so you can use it with your own data in an OMOP CDM Version 5 database.

it can be used for the following scenarios:

  • Try-out / demo the OHDSI R packages & web applications
  • Run observational studies on your data (including OHDSI Network studies)
  • Run the OHDSI Achilles R package for database profiling, database characterization, data quality assessment on your data & view the reports as tables/charts in the Atlas web application
  • Query OMOP vocabularies using the Atlas web application
  • Create patient cohorts
  • Determine study feasibility based on defined criteria

Broadsea Dependencies

  • Docker (Version 1.11 or higher)
  • Docker Engine
  • Docker Compose
  • OMOP Common Data Model Version 5 database populated with OMOP vocabulary & observational data

Docker Engine & Docker Compose are installed together as part of "Docker Toolbox" or "Docker for Windows" or "Docker for Mac". "Docker for Windows" or "Docker for Mac" are preferred over "Docker Toolbox" for improved performance but "Docker Toolbox" is also supported.

Quick Start Broadsea Deployment

  • Download and install Docker. See the installation instructions at the Docker Web Site
  • Copy the example "docker-compose.yml" file for your database (PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server) from this GitHub repository to a directory on your machine. (e.g. The postgresql version of the file is in the postgresql sub-directory of this repository). Note. On Windows machines ensure that the directory path does not contain any spaces. Optionally specify the IP address of your host machine instead of '*' in the statement ' - security_origin=* ' if you want to enable CORS checking.
  • Copy the example "source_source_daimon.sql" file from this GitHub repository to a directory on your machine. (e.g. The postgresql version of the file is in the postgresql sub-directory of this repository).
  • Edit the example "source_source_daimon.sql" file to specify the database connection strings and database schema prefixes for your database(s). Note. You will run this SQL file manually in a SQL client in a later step.
  • Edit the example Atlas "config-local.js" file to specify the WebAPI URL, otherwise the default is localhost & port 8080.
  • Edit the docker-compose.yml file to specify the following:
  • set the WEBAPI_URL environment variable to your Docker host machine IP address. If using "Docker Toolbox" use the following command to find your Docker host machine IP address otherwise you can use "localhost":
docker-machine ip
  • specify the database connection info for your database (for Oracle make sure the schema name is all upper-case)

    • database name
    • database schema name
    • database table prefix
    • database user name
    • database user password
  • Start the Broadsea Docker Containers:

docker-compose up -d
  • Only as part of initial configuration:

  • stop the containers (docker-compose down)

  • run your edited "source_source_daimon.sql" file in your database using a SQL client

  • start the containers again (docker-compose up -d)

  • View the status of the containers:

docker-compose ps
docker-compose down
  • Run the OHDSI Achilles R package to populate the Atlas reports Achilles statistics database tables:

Instructions for running OHDSI Achilles

The Broadsea Methods Library container includes RStudio Server. By default it runs with a single user, userid="rstudio", password="rstudio". The "rstudio" user home directory only exists within the Docker container and any files saved to that directory will be lost if the container is removed!

To retain the files in the "rstudio" user home directory on the Docker host machine see section: "Sharing/Saving files between RStudio & Docker host machine") later in this guide.


Viewing The Broadsea Web Tools Log Files

  • Find the name of the running Broadsea Web Tools Docker container (the value in the "Names" column):
  docker-compose ps
  • Connect to the Broadsea Web Tools container in a bash shell:
  docker exec -it <broadsea-web-tools-container-name> bash
  • Change directory to the log directory in the running container and view the stderr and stdout log files:

    The "*" char is the bash shell file name wild card character.

  cd /var/log/supervisor
  tail -1000 *stderr*
  tail -1000 *stdout*

Enabling Atlas security in Broadsea

In order to enable Atlas security in Broadsea, the configuration in the config-local.js file and the docker-compose.yml file must be updated. Each Atlas security authentication method has it's own set of configuration values.

LDAP authentication

Here is an example showing the javascript code block to add to the config-local.js file for LDAP authentication. It is this javascript code that will enable the Atlas Sign In link and the window where the user can enter their user name and password.

 configLocal.userAuthenticationEnabled = true;
 configLocal.acceptanceExpiresInDays = 3650;

 configLocal.authProviders = [{
     		"name": "LDAP Authentication",
     		"url": "user/login/ldap",
     		"ajax": true,
     		"icon": "fa fa-cubes",
     		"isUseCredentialsForm": true

Here is an example showing the configuration variables to add to the docker-compose.yml file environment section for LDAP authentication. You will need to update the ldap settings based on your ldap server url and your ldap organizational structure. The ldap system username and password are used to connect to the ldap server and perform the search specified in the ldap search string. In this example the ldap "commonName" field will be searched for a matching username in the Atlas application Sign In Username field. If a match is found then Atlas will also try to bind to that user using the password in the Atlas application Sign In Password field.

      - security_enabled=true
      - security_origin=*
      - security_provider=AtlasRegularSecurity
      - security.ldap.dn=cn={0},ou=users,dc=example,dc=org
      - security.ldap.url=ldap://host.docker.internal:1389
      - security.ldap.baseDn=ou=users,dc=example,dc=org
      - security.ldap.system.username=user01
      - security.ldap.system.password=password1
      - security.ldap.searchString=(&(objectClass=*)(commonName={0}))
      - security.ldap.searchBase=ou=users,dc=example,dc=org

Hardware/OS Requirements for Installing Docker

Mac OS X

Follow the instructions here - Install Docker for Mac
Docker for Mac includes both Docker Engine & Docker Compose

Mac OS X Requirements

Mac must be a 2010 or newer model, with Intel’s hardware support for memory management unit (MMU) virtualization; i.e., Extended Page Tables (EPT) OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite or newer At least 4GB of RAM VirtualBox prior to version 4.3.30 must NOT be installed (it is incompatible with Docker for Mac). Docker for Mac will error out on install in this case. Uninstall the older version of VirtualBox and re-try the install.


Follow the instructions here - Install Docker for Windows
Docker for Windows includes both Docker Engine & Docker Compose

Docker for Windows Requirements

64bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education (1511 November update, Build 10586 or later). In the future Docker will support more versions of Windows 10. The Hyper-V package must be enabled. The Docker for Windows installer will enable it for you, if needed. (This requires a reboot).

Note. Docker for Windows is the preferred Docker environment for Broadsea, but Docker-Toolbox may be used instead if your machine doesn't meet the above requirements. (See info below.)

Docker Toolbox Windows Requirements

Follow the instructions here - Install Docker Toolbox on Windows

64bit Windows 7 or higher. The Hyper-V package must be enabled. The Docker for Windows installer will enable it for you, if needed. (This requires a reboot).


Follow the instructions here:
Install Docker for Linux
Install Docker Compose for Linux

Linux Requirements

Docker requires a 64-bit installation. Additionally, your kernel must be 3.10 at minimum. The latest 3.10 minor version or a newer maintained version are also acceptable.

Kernels older than 3.10 lack some of the features required to run Docker containers.

Broadsea Web Tools Customization Options

Deploy Proprietary Database Drivers

The PostgreSQL jdbc database driver is open source and may be freely distributed. A PostgreSQL jdbc database driver is already included within the OHDSI Broadsea webapi-web-apps container.

If you are using a proprietary database server (e.g. Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server) download your own copy of the database jdbc driver jar file and copy it to the same host directory where the docker-compose.yml file is located.

When the OHDSI Web Tools container runs it will automatically load the jdbc database driver, if it exists in the host directory.

Broadsea Methods Library Configuration Options

Sharing/Saving files between RStudio and Docker host machine

To permanently retain the "rstudio" user files in the "rstudio" user home directory, and make local R packages available to RStudio in the Broadsea Methods container the following steps are required:

  • In the same directory where the docker-compose.yml is stored create a sub-directory tree called "home/rstudio" and a sub-directory called "site-library"
  • Set the file permissions for the "home/rstudio" sub-directory tree and the "site-library" sub-directory to public read, write and execute.
  • Add the below volume mapping statements to the end of the broadsea-methods-library section of the docker-compose.yml file.
      - ./home/rstudio:/home/rstudio
      - ./site-library:/usr/local/lib/R/site-library

Any files added to the home/rstudio or site-library sub-directories on the Docker host can be accessed by RStudio in the container.

The Broadsea Methods container RStudio /usr/lib/R/site-library originally contains the "littler" and "rgl" R packages. Volume mapping masks the original files in the directory so you will need to add those 2 packages to your Docker host site-library sub-directory if you need them.

##Other Information


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use the Broadsea software except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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