Galaxy Reports

Galaxy includes a report tool that is separate from the main process but which gives lots of potentially useful information about the usage of a Galaxy instance, for example the numbers of jobs that have been run each month, how much disk space each user is currently consuming and so on.

Setup on localhost

The report tool takes its configuration settings from a file called reports.ini, which is located in the config subdirectory of the Galaxy distribution.

Configuring the reports for your local setup is a case of:

  • Making a copy of reports.ini.sample called reports.ini.
  • Editing the database_connection parameter to match the one in your galaxy.ini file
  • Optionally, editing the port parameter (by default the tool uses port 9001)

You should also set the ‘salt’ parameter session_secret if you intend to expose the reports via the web proxy (see below).

Then you can start the report server using sh and view the reports by pointing a web browser running on the same server to If you’d like the report tool to persist between sessions then use sh --daemon to run it as a background process. As with Galaxy itself, use --stop-daemon to halt the background process. (The log file is written to reports_webapp.log if you need to try and debug a problem.)

Expose Outside

To make your reports available from outside of the localhost using NGINX proxy server you can check out the blogpost by Peter Briggs.