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A repository for hosting nextflow DSL2 module files containing tool-specific process definitions and their associated documentation.

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Using existing modules

The Nextflow include statement can be used within your pipelines in order to load module files that you have available locally.

You should be able to get a good idea as to how other people are using module files by looking at pipelines available in nf-core e.g. nf-core/rnaseq

Configuration and parameters

The module files hosted in this repository define a set of processes for software tools such as fastqc, trimgalore, bwa etc. This allows you to share and add common functionality across multiple pipelines in a modular fashion.

The definition and standards for module files are still under discussion amongst the community but hopefully, a description should be added here soon!

Offline usage

If you want to use an existing module file available in nf-core/modules, and you're running on a system that has no internet connection, you'll need to download the repository (e.g. git clone and place it in a location that is visible to the file system on which you are running the pipeline. Then run the pipeline by creating a custom config file called e.g. custom_module.conf containing the following information:

include /path/to/downloaded/modules/directory/

Then you can run the pipeline by directly passing the additional config file with the -c parameter:

nextflow run /path/to/pipeline/ -c /path/to/custom_module.conf

Note that the nf-core/tools helper package has a download command to download all required pipeline files + singularity containers + institutional configs + modules in one go for you, to make this process easier.

Adding a new module file

If you decide to upload your module file to nf-core/modules then this will ensure that it will be automatically downloaded, and available at run-time to all nf-core pipelines, and to everyone within the Nextflow community! See nf-core/modules/nf for examples.

The definition and standards for module files are still under discussion amongst the community but hopefully, a description should be added here soon!


If you want to add a new module config file to nf-core/modules please test that your pipeline of choice runs as expected by using the -include statement with a local version of the module file.


Please add some documentation to the top of the module file in the form of native Nextflow comments. This has to be specified in a particular format as you will be able to see from other examples in the nf-core/modules/nf directory.

Uploading to nf-core/modules

Fork the nf-core/modules repository to your own GitHub account. Within the local clone of your fork add the module file to the nf-core/modules/nf directory. Please keep the naming consistent between the module and documentation files e.g. and, respectively.

Commit and push these changes to your local clone on GitHub, and then create a pull request on nf-core/modules GitHub repo with the appropriate information.

We will be notified automatically when you have created your pull request, and providing that everything adheres to nf-core guidelines we will endeavour to approve your pull request as soon as possible.


If you have any questions or issues please send us a message on Slack.

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