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September 2021 Galaxy Release (v 21.09)

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Tool Panel

We now have “Tool Panel Views”! These are different views into the same toolbox and might help it make it easier to find the tools you want. In the future, there are plans to create user-customisable toolboxes, but until then go explore the new EDAM Ontology-based toolboxes which organise tools around scientific areas or processes, or based on the scientific process they do. For example, a category like “Filtering” might have tools like “select lines” or “filter bam by quality”, both doing the same process of filtering, despite their different file types and formats.

Unfortunately not all tools are fully annotated yet, and while we also pull terms from bio.tools, this still doesn’t get us full coverage and many tools will still appear under a large section “Uncategorized”. Hopefully this will improve as users and tool developers annotate these tools with the appropriate terms that help everyone find them.

More details can be found in Pull Request 12327, Pull Request 12365, and Pull Request 12291

Collections (Beta History Updates)

Did you ever create a collection with the wrong dbkey or datatype? Well, in the Beta History you can now change collections’ datatypes and dbkeys! This should save a lot of time for everyone working with large datasets (Pull Request 11799).

Additionally, did a collection ever fail for you? And you wondered why? Now you can find out with the view details button for collections (Pull Request 12261)!

Importing Data

Selecting datasets from the Remote Files view has gotten easier! Now you can select folders and files, and import at once all of the datasets recursively in those folders. Previously you could only select files within a folder, so this is a huge improvement in the usability of such a key new feature of Galaxy (Pull Request 12310). But with great power comes great responsibility, be careful not to import the entirety of NCBI!


Report components used to automatically arrange themselves in a smart way, but due to some issues with the floating of report components these will now be full width until we can figure out a good way to provide a similar feature allowing you to control the layout of the report (Pull Request 12085).

A screenshot of the reports interface is shown, there are a number of 'report components' like table previews embedded and these are full width across the report.

News Webhook

You might be reading this in the recently added “News” feature! This is the very first iteration of this component, hopefully in the future we will expand it to bring you all of your news and Galaxy notifications. The idea with the current iteration is that whenever your server admin updates Galaxy to a new version, everyone using the server will get a small, non-intrusive notification with these release notes! There you can find out all of the new features in Galaxy and quick videos on their use. (Pull Request 12396)

New Datatypes

Builtin Tool Updates

Release Testing Team

A special thanks to the release testing team for testing many of the new features and reporting many bugs:

Release Notes

Please see the full release notes for more details.

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