Thank you for your advice, I think we will go for writing our own web app that will use the Galaxy API as this seems the most flexible solution for the future (having the potential Galaxy updates in mind).

Best regards,

On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 5:46 PM, John Chilton <> wrote:
I don't have a ton of advice here, I imagine you could hack up Galaxy
to do it. If you a have a fixed workflow or fixed collections of
workflows and very clear vision of what the interface should be I
guess I would just create a web app and target the Galaxy API.

Two projects to checkout would be refinery - which is a webapp that
does a lot of stuff including driving Galaxy workflows. It is a bit
more stripped down than Galaxy and may emphasize what you want:

A good example of actually modifying Galaxy to emphasize certain
workflows would be RNA Rocket (
Checkout out their paper here -


On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM, Piotr Grabowski <> wrote:
> Dear Galaxy-Devs,
> I am developing a tool for biologists, I managed to integrate it with Galaxy
> (it's a KNIME/R-based machine learning workflow).
> This tool doesn't require a lot of interaction from the user - just a list
> of IDs pasted-in and maybe 1-2 text entry fields - then it's just Execute.
> Even though the inner works of Galaxy are great and I got a grip of it, we
> believe that for our needs the workflow-based system with a tool and data
> list is a bit confusing for non-computational people who don't want to spend
> too much time on learning the interface (I know it's not complicated, but we
> know how people are...).
> So what we're aiming for is to put some sort of Google Search-like front, as
> simple as possible. Could anyone point me in the right direction, how to do
> it ? Or maybe anyone ever did something like this ? I could imagine that it
> should be easy, since we want to remove almost all elements, not write them
> from scratch.
> Any ideas ?
> Best,
> Piotr
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