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Opal Build Status

Opal is OBiBa’s core database application for biobanks or epidemiological studies.


Set up a development environment:

  • Make sure Java8 is available.
  • Make sure you have a MongoDB, MySQL or MariaDB database running.
  • Compile with make all
  • Get the obiba-home repository to have some seeding material.
  • Prepare execution environment: make prepare (do it only once, this will create a opal_home directory)
  • Run in debug mode: make debug
  • Login http://localhost:8080 with administrator/password credentials.
  • Declare the databases (only at the first connection)
  • Go to obiba-home project and make seed-opal

There are many other targets, just check the Makefile and change variables to match your environment.

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"The work presented herein was made possible using the OBiBa suite (, a software suite developed by Maelstrom Research ( and Epigeny ("