The Refinery Platform is a data management, analysis and visualization system for bioinformatics and computational biology applications. The platforms consists of three major components: a data repository with rich metadata capabilities, a workflow engine based on the popular Galaxy system, and visualization tools to support the exploration and …
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 Refinery Platform

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  • Additional information about how to administer and develop Refinery can be found in the wiki
  • Production deployments require access to Amazon Web Services
  • Refinery supports the latest version of Chrome (Linux and OS X), Firefox (Linux and OS X), and Safari (OS X)

Installing and Launching for Development


Configure and Load Virtual Machine

$ git clone
$ cd refinery-platform
$ vagrant up

The above step should take about 15 minutes depending on the speed of your machine and Internet connection. If you get an error, simply retry by:

$ vagrant provision

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Configure Deployment Environment on the Host

Create a Python 2.7 virtual environment (optional but recommended, assumes virtualenvwrapper is installed):

$ mkvirtualenv -a $(pwd) refinery-deployment

Install deployment tools (assumes header files for Python are installed):

$ pip install -r deployment/requirements.txt

Install Pre-Commit Hooks

Use fabricrc.sample to update or initialize Fabric configuration, for example:

$ cp fabricrc.sample ~/.fabricrc

To pull the latest code and update Refinery installation:

$ fab vm update

Refinery Operations on the VM

Connect to the initialized VM:

$ vagrant ssh
$ workon refinery-platform
$ ./ [command]

Log in to Refinery ( with the default guest user account (username: guest, password: guest).

Log in to Django admin UI ( with the default superuser account (username: admin, password: refinery).

Please see installation notes for more details, including information on how to configure Galaxy for this setup.


  • Refinery deployment requires a lot of external dependencies. You might have to run vagrant provision repeatedly to install all dependencies successfully. Any errors in the output of vagrant provision indicate that you have to re-run the command.
  • If you run into a build error in OS X when trying to install Fabric: export C_INCLUDE_PATH=/usr/local/include
  • If you have a VPN connection running, you may need to disconnect and reconnect before you can access the VM. In some cases you may have to reboot the host machine.
  • To make sure all the required services are running after the VM was restarted or shut down, you need to provision again: vagrant reload --provision or vagrant up --provision