Common Workflow Language
The Common Workflow Language (CWL) is a specification for describing analysis workflows and tools that are portable and scalable across a variety of software and hardware environments, from workstations to cluster, cloud, and high performance computing (HPC) environments. CWL is designed to meet the needs of data-intensive science, such as Bioinformatics, Medical Imaging, Astronomy, Physics, and Chemistry.
CWL is developed by an informal, multi-vendor working group consisting of organizations and individuals interested enabling scientists to share data analysis workflows. The CWL project is on Github.
The CWL user guide (v1.0) provides a gentle introduction to learning how to write CWL command line tool and workflow descriptions.
|Software||Description||CWL support||Platform support||Maturity|
|cwltool||Reference implementation of CWL||Linux, OS X, local execution only||Production|
|Arvados||Distributed computing platform for data analysis on massive data sets. Using CWL on Arvados||AWS, GCP, Azure, Slurm||Production|
|Toil||Toil is a workflow engine entirely written in Python.||AWS, GCP, Azure, OpenStack, Grid Engine, Mesos||Production|
|Rabix Bunny||Reproducible Analyses for Bioinformatics||Java||alpha|
|Apache Taverna||Domain-independent Workflow Management System||alpha||Java||Production|
|Galaxy||Web-based platform for data intensive biomedical research.||alpha||Python||Production|
|AWE||Workflow and resource management system for bioinformatics data analysis.||alpha||Go||Production|
|Funnel||Use Google Genomics Pipeline API with CWL||alpha||GCP||alpha|
Repositories of CWL Tools and Workflows
|Workflows repository||Git repository of user contributed tools and workflows.|
|Dockstore tool registry||An open platform for sharing Docker-based tools described with the Common Workflow Language used by the GA4GH.|
Software for working with CWL
|cwltest||CWL testing framework, automated testing of tools and workflows written with CWL|
|cwl-upgrader||Upgrade CWL documents from draft-3 to v1.0|
|argparse2cwl||Generate CWL CommandLineTool wrapper from Python programs that use argparse. Also supports click argument parser.|
|cwl2argparse||Generate Python argparse code from CWL CommandLineTool description.|
|pypi2cwl||Automatically run argparse2cwl on any package in PyPi|
|cwlavro||Java classes for loading CWL documents|
|acd2cwl||CWL generator for ACD (EMBOSS) files|
|CWLviewer||A web application to view and share Common Workflow Language workflows|
Support, Community and Contributing
The recommended place to ask a question about all things CWL is on Biostars.
If you are interested in learning more or contributing ideas or code, come chat with us on Gitter, check out #CommonWL on Twitter, join the mailing list common-workflow-language on Google Groups or fork the repository and send a pull request!
Your CWL Community Engineer, Michael R. Crusoe, publishes a blog about his work with updates at http://mrc.commonwl.org.
Code of Conduct
The CWL Project is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.
This code of conduct applies to all CWL Project spaces, including the Google Group, the Gitter chat room, the Google Hangouts chats, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the leadership team.
For more details, see our Code of Conduct
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