Laniakea Documentation

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Laniakea provides the possibility to automate the creation of Galaxy-based virtualized environments through an easy setup procedure, providing an on-demand workspace ready to be used by life scientists and bioinformaticians.

Galaxy is a workflow manager adopted in many life science research environments in order to facilitate the interaction with bioinformatics tools and the handling of large quantities of biological data.

Once deployed each Galaxy instance will be fully customizable with tools and reference data and running in an insulated environment, thus providing a suitable platform for research, training and even clinical scenarios involving sensible data. Sensitive data requires the development and adoption of technologies and policies for data access, including e.g. a robust user authentication platform.

For more information on the Galaxy Project, please visit the

Laniakea has been developed by ELIXIR-IIB, the italian node of ELIXIR, within the INDIGO-DataCloud project (H2020-EINFRA-2014-2) which aims to develop PaaS based cloud solutions for e-science.


Laniakea is in fast development. For this reason the code and the documentation may not always be in sync. We try to make our best to have good documentatation


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Software glitches and bugs can occasionally be encoutered. The best way to report a bug is to open an issue on our GitHub repository.


Marco Antonio Tangaro, Giacinto Donvito, Marica Antonacci, Matteo Chiara, Pietro Mandreoli, Graziano Pesole, Federico Zambelli, Laniakea: an open solution to provide Galaxy “on-demand” instances over heterogeneous cloud infrastructures, GigaScience, Volume 9, Issue 4, April 2020, giaa033,

Tha paper is available here.


As an open source project Laniakea is made up of many pieces of software created by a range of individuals, teams, and companies. Laniakea is a collective work, and each piece of software within this work has its own license.

Your use of each piece of software is governed by the terms of its accompanying license. Redistribution of parts or the whole of Laniakea may require you to comply with additional license requirements.

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