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IMPORTANT: This repository has been deprecated since May, 2020. The latest adage-server backend is now hosted at: adage-backend, and the latest adage-server frontend is hosted at: adage-frontend.

Code Climate

This codebase tracks work in progress toward a web server that will allow users to apply a working ADAGE model to their own data sets. It should be considered pre-release status. The following instructions detail the steps required for getting a development instance up and running manually. For a guide to automated deployment, see Deployment Steps below.

Get a working instance of the adage-server running with Docker

We recommend using Docker to get a local working instance of the adage-server.


  1. Install Docker on your computer.

    Also, if your computer is not running Mac or Windows OS, you will need to install Docker Compose.

  2. Fork and/or clone the adage-server repository

    If you will be doing development on your instance of the adage-server, first fork the adage-server repository on Github (see Github's documentation for forking repositories), and then clone that fork you made in the directory of your choice:

    cd /<your chosen directory>/
    git clone<your github account>/adage-server.git

    Otherwise, you can just clone the main repository:

    cd /<your chosen directory>/
    git clone
  3. In a terminal, change directories into the adage-server directory (the main directory of the repository you just cloned), and run the command to deploy a local instance of the server:

    cd adage-server/

    Give it a few moments to start up.

  4. (Optional) Loading ADAGE models into your new instance.

    If you want to load the default Pseudomonas data into the server database, enter the following command:

    docker-compose exec core ./

    This will load the files in the data/ folder using the the script into your adage-server instance's database. For more information about these files, see the README in the data folder.

    To load your own ADAGE model files:

    If you would like to load different data files from your own ADAGE model, you can do so, provided that they are in the same format as the corresponding files in the data/ folder described above.

    To do this, first copy each of the desired files into the adage-django Docker container using the following command:

    docker cp <your desired data file> adage-django:/srv/data/

    Then, run the appropriate management command to load the desired data file into your local instance:

    docker-compose exec core python <management command> <arguments>

    Note that the files that you will pass as some of these <arguments> will be located in the /srv/data/ folder, as specified by the docker cp command above.

    For example, if you wanted to copy a file on your computer called 'SomeOrganismAnnotation.tsv', and then load it into the instance's database using the import_data management command, you would enter:

    docker cp \
        <local path to file>/SomeOrganismAnnotation.tsv \
    docker-compose exec core python import_data \

    These are the management commands currently available to load data files:

    • add_ml_model
    • create_or_update_participation_type
    • delete_participation_type
    • import_activity
    • import_data
    • import_gene_network
    • import_gene_sample_expr
    • import_signature_gene_network

    To see an example of how these management commands are used, see the script.

    To see more documentation about how each of the management commands works, see the corresponding files in the management command folder. The beginning of each of these files contains more detailed documentation about how to use each of the commands.

You are done! You can visit the interface of your new local adage-server at http://localhost:80, or simply http://localhost.

Get a working instance of the adage-server running without Docker

Note: The following steps assume you have already installed PostgreSQL (>=9.4), NGINX (>=1.10), supervisord (>=3.2), Python (2.7) and Elasticsearch (1.7) on Ubuntu (16.04).

Fork and clone the adage-server repository

Fork the adage-server repository on Github (see Github's documentation for forking repositories), and then clone that fork you made in the directory of your choice.

cd /<your chosen directory>/
git clone<your github account>/adage-server.git

Edit settings in file

The file (in the adage-server/adage/adage folder) contains all of the settings that must be edited for deployment. Because this file contains secrets and deployment-specific information, it is not tracked under source control. You should copy the file adage-server/adage/adage/ from the repository and use that as a starting point for your own deployment's This puts all of the secrets and deployment-specific information into a single, easily-controlled file.

Set the full path of parent directory where adage-server repository was cloned into in the 'home_dir' key of the OS_CONFIG setting.

    'home_dir':  '/<path to directory>/',

Set up Database Name, User, Password and Host in databases settings:

    'databases': {
        'default': {

            # This example uses psycopg2 for PostgreSQL, but you can use any
            # of the Engines supported by Django. For more information, see:

            'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2',

            # database name and user cannot have upper case letters
            'NAME': '<your_adage_database_name>',
            'USER': '<your_adage_db_username>',
            'PASSWORD': '<your_db_username_password>',

            # Wherever PostgreSQL is being hosted,
            # usually localhost for development
            'HOST': 'localhost',

            # Port where it is being hosted from,
            # usually 5432
            'PORT': '5432',

Other settings in DEV_CONFIG may be left alone unless you are using the fabric scripts as described in Deployment Steps.

If you intend to use features from Tribe in your installation of adage-server, you will need to follow the instructions for setting up tribe-client found on its PyPI page: and fill in the corresponding TRIBE_* variables in

Change the last line of the file to read:


Set up the database name, user, and password on PostgreSQL

# Switch to postgres user, enter the superuser password when you
# are prompted
sudo su - postgres

# Create adage-server database specified in previous step
createdb <your_adage_database_name>

# Create adage-server database user specified in previous step
createuser -P <your_adage_db_username>
# This prompts you to enter the password for new role/user (also
# the one specified in file in previous step)

# Enter psql interface:

# Give all privileges of this newly created database to the
# newly created user
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE <your_adage_database_name> TO <your_adage_db_username>;

# Also give this user permissions to create databases - this is needed to be
# able to run the Django test suite (since a test database is created).
ALTER USER <your_adage_db_username> CREATEDB;

Install Python dependencies

# Start a Python virtual environment in the adage-server root
# or wherever you keep your Python virtual environments
virtualenv <virtual envs location>/adage
source <virtual envs location>/adage/bin/activate

# Install Python requirements
cd adage/
pip install -r requirements.txt

Download other necessary files

Download the and files from this repository, and put them in the adage-server/adage/ folder.

Run Django migration of database tables

  • Note: This step is not necessary if you are running the fabric commands in the first part of the Populate the database section below, because the fabric commands will automatically run it for you.
python migrate

Django will use the database you configured earlier to build tables to support its models with this command, but the tables will remain empty until you run the management commands to import data into the models.

Populate the database

This repository contains several data files from our work with Pseudomonas aeruginosa that we use for "bootstrapping" our database. The commands to load the data are scripted in our fabric deployment scripts. If you choose, you may run those commands at this point using the following steps:

  1. Install fabric, the tool we use for scripting deployment steps:

    > pip install fabric
  2. Ensure your virtual environment path is set in If the path to the virtual environment you created above matches the virt_env specified in, you are all set (by default, the DEV_CONFIG will inherit that field from AWS_CONFIG). If not, you will need to add this setting to your DEV_CONFIG because the command in the next step makes use of it.

    The command below also uses the django_dir setting. If you have specified your home_dir and set up your clone of the repository in a directory named adage_server within the home_dir, then this will match the default configuration. If not, you will also need to specify the django_dir explicitly in your DEV_CONFIG.

  3. Run the following commands from your local clone of the adage-server repository:

    > cd <your adage-server directory>
    > fab adage_server.init_instance:<user>@<hostname>

    Fabric is configured to run commands on a remote server. Specify a host name or IP address for the hostname you are setting up (you can just specify localhost if you are configuring the local account and you have an ssh server running) and specify the user with the clone of the repository.

    Fabric will execute commands to populate the database and rebuild the search index automatically.

This is a lengthy process that will take over an hour to retrieve and load data to initialize all models in the adage-server with data from our Pseudomonas aeruginosa work. If this is not of interest, refer to the commands in import_data_and_index() from fabfile/ in this repository for an idea of how to tailor this step for your own use. The python management commands in that script may be run manually with your own data files. Documentation for using each command is available by typing:

> python help <command>

Pickle Tribe gene sets

This step downloads and pickles all the public Tribe gene sets for every organism that has been loaded into the database. These pickled files are necessary for doing gene set enrichment analyses. For more information, see the tribe-client documentation found on its PyPI page.

python tribe_client_pickle_public_genesets

Build adage-server web interface

You can build the interface manually using the following steps:

# Building the interface manually

cd interface/

# Download newest version of Node.js. Also, the command
# "curl -sL | sudo -E bash -"
# is needed before the "sudo apt-get install -y nodejs" if you are
# running a Ubuntu version older than 16.04.
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

# Install needed interface packages
sudo npm -g install grunt-cli karma-cli bower
npm install
bower install

# Run Grunt to build the interface

Deployment Steps

  1. Follow the steps to edit settings in as described above.

  2. Fork the deployment repository and then clone that fork to a directory alongside your adage-server repository.

    > cd /<your chosen directory>/
    > git clone<your github account>/adage-deploy.git
  3. Install fabric, the tool we use for scripting deployment steps:

    > pip install fabric
  4. If deploying to AWS, you also need to install boto3 and its requirements:

    > pip install boto3
  5. To perform an AWS deployment, ensure your RDS instance is online, the AWS_DEPLOY section of is properly completed, and run the following fabric command:

    > fab deploy_aws

    This will spin up a new EC2 instance using the AWS credentials found in, deploy the latest adage-server code from GitHub and configure all required services. Configuring DNS to direct your domain to the new server must be done manually. (We have DNS pointing to an Elastic IP address and simply re-associate to the new server when deployment succeeds.

  6. To perform deployment to a new development server, run the following fabric command:

    > fab deploy_dev

    This will execute the same deployment steps as run for AWS deployment, but skips the step that spins up an EC2 instance and makes a configuration tweak that allows nginx to respond to requests for any hostname or IP address. This method assumes you have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 16.04 and that you have configured the DEV_CONFIG section of with credentials for a user with sudo privileges that can be used to create the requisite services and a user account with the minimum privileges required to host the deployed adage-server code.