Launch Galaxy Docker

The Laniakea dashboard tiles allow user to deploy Galaxy through its official Docker image.

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To login to the Laniakea dashboard visit the section: Authentication.


The Galaxy Docker instantiate an Ubuntu 16.04 Virtual Machine with the Galaxy official Docker. Once deployed each Galaxy instance can be further customized with additional tools and reference data.


Instantiate Galaxy

Enter the Galaxy Docker configuration section.


Provide a description for your instance using the Instance description field, which will identfy your Galaxy in the Deployments page, once your request is submitted.

Two panels allows to configure the virtual hardware and the Galaxy instance respectively.

Virtual hardware configuration

  1. Select your instance flavour (virtual CPUs and the memory size). More information on available virtual hardware presets can be found here: Virtual hardware presets.

  2. Copy & Paste your SSH key, to login in the Galaxy instance or configure it in the Create SSH Keys page.

  3. Laniakea provides the possibility to encrypt the storage volume associated with the virtual machine on-demand, to protect user data.

    To enable storage encryption set the switch to ON .


    Only the external volume where Galaxy data are stored is encrypted, not the Virtual Machine root disk.

    The storage will be encrypted with a strong alphanumerical passphrase. More information on this topic can be found here:

  4. Finally, it is possible to select the user storage volume size.

Galaxy configuration

  1. Select the instance administrator e-mail and the Galaxy brand tag (the top-left name in the Galaxy home page).

  2. Provide a valid e-mail address as Galaxy administrator credential.


    A notification mail will be sent to this e-mail address once the deployment is done.

  3. Select the Galaxy flavour among those available.

  4. Select Galaxy reference dataset. The default should be the best choice for most users (see section Reference Data).

  5. Finally, SUBMIT your request.

Galaxy access

Once your Galaxy instance is ready, a confirmation e-mail is sent to the Laniakea user and to the galaxy administrator email, if different, with the Galaxy URL and user credentials.


If you don’t receive the e-mail:

  1. Check you SPAM mail directory
  2. Chek mail address spelling
  3. Wait 15 minutes more.

The instance information are also available in the Deployments page of the dashboard:


The galaxy administrator password and the API key are automatically set during the instatiation procedure and are the same for each instance:

User: administrator e-mail

Password: galaxy_admin_password



Change the Galaxy password and API key as soon as possible!


The anonymous login is disabled by default.