How to "clone" the public main Galaxy server?



We would like to establish a local Galaxy server that resembles the current public main Galaxy server ( as much as possible, and we would like to accomplish this by using the Ansible and other Galaxy team recommended approach. Unfortunately, we have some confusions about those instructions. Could someone kindly post a list of key steps that we should follow?

Many thanks!

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Please have a look here (Jan 2019, day 1, has an “Intro to Ansible” section):


We do publish our playbooks online at e.g. for However, I am aware that this is quite complex, even for people already familiar with Ansible. The most relevant bits - specifically, the Galaxy config - are all in the galaxyservers group vars as well as the stack, update, and config playbooks. There is a fair amount of extra stuff in those playbooks that most people will not need though, since we deploy Galaxy to CVMFS.

Beginning with Galaxy 19.05, you will be able to load our shed tool config files directly from CVMFS without needing to also point your Galaxy at our install database (these are both configured in the Galaxy config defined in the group vars linked above), so you can still install tools locally from the Tool Shed without issues.

Roughly, for the Galaxy setup only:

  1. Create a group variables file for your Galaxy server and choose the options from galaxy_config_hash that are most relevant to you (but place them in the variable galaxy_config as that is the variable name used by galaxyproject.galaxy)
  2. Set galaxy_layout and related directory variables as described in the galaxyproject.galaxy documentation.
  3. Create a simple playbook as shown in the documentation (see also the training materials linked by Jen).
  4. Create an Ansible hosts file containing the connection information for your Galaxy server.
  5. ansible-galaxy -p roles install galaxyproject.galaxy
  6. ansible-playbook -i hosts playbook.yml

Many thanks to everyone of the Galaxy team who shared their knowledge with us. Really appreciate that!

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