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This is a how-to guide for implementing the NEXT-RNAi program into your local Galaxy environment.


About Galaxy

Galaxy is a framework, delevoped by Galaxy Team, for integrating computational tools. It allows nearly any tool that can be run from the command line to be wrapped in a structured, well defined interface.

On top of these tools, Galaxy provides an accessible environment for interactive analysis that transparently tracks the details of analyses, a workflow system for convenient reuse, data management, sharing, publishing, and more.

You can find more information about Galaxy here. Wiki documentation is also available.


NEXT-RNAi is a software for the design and evaluation of genome-wide RNAi libraries and performs all steps from the prediction of specific and efficient RNAi target sites to the visualization of designed reagents in their genomic context. The software enables the design and evaluation of siRNAs and long dsRNAs and was implemented in an organism-independent manner allowing designs for all sequenced and annotated genomes. It requires minimal input such as the desired target sequences and an off-target database.

Full documentation can be found here.


1. Galaxy environment. Installation guide from the Galaxy wiki site is available here.

2. NEXT-RNAi program. You can download the software here. Installation of NEXT-RNAi into your local environment is described at this wiki page.

3. Galaxy configuration files for NEXT-RNAi. Download the Galaxy configuration bundle for NEXT-RNAi which includes:

  • a XML configuration file: nextrnai.xml
  • a perl wrapper:
  • location files:
    • nextrnai_gbrowser.loc
    • nextrnai_genomes.loc
    • nextrnai_transcripts.loc

You can find a short introduction to location files in Galaxy here.

Install NEXT-RNAi in Galaxy Enviroment

Before you start, please read this short tutorial on how to add a tool into Galaxy in general.

For adding NEXT-RNAi into Galaxy take the following steps:

  1. Put the tool definition file nextrnai.xml and the wrapper into Galaxy's tools directory. You can create a subdirectory like own_tool in tools and put the two files there.
  2. Modify the nextrnai.xml file according to your environment, i.e. change the paths of the programs required by NEXT-RNAi. The default path in nextrnai.xml is always /software/bin; replace it with the path in your system for each program.
  3. Modify the wrapper Find the line perl /software/bin/  in the script and replace it with the path to the NEXT-RNAi program located on your system
  4. Put the location files into the tool-data directory located in the root directory of the Galaxy distribution.
  5. Make Galaxy aware of NEXT-RNAi. Add these lines to the tool_conf.xml file located in the root directory of the Galaxy distribution:
    <section name="NextRNAi" id="nextrnai">
    <tool file="b110_tools/nextrnai.xml" />
    where "b110_tools/nextrnai.xml" (the path to nextrnai.xml) has to be adjusted according to your installation in step 1.

Note: There are three location files:

  1. nextrnai_transcripts.loc for transcripts bowtie index files. See -d option of NEXT-RNAi documentation.
  2. nextrnai_genomes.loc: for genome bowtie index file. See GENOMEBOWTIE of NEXT-RNAi documentation.
  3. nextrnai_gbrowser.loc: for genome browser. See GBROWSEBASE of NEXT-RNAi documentation.
    Please define the location files according to your system. File 1 is important, whereas files 2 and 3 are rather optional.


If you successfully installed Galaxy, you should be able to see an interface similar to the following:


Please contact b110-it if you have any suggestion or find a bug.


Thomas Horn, Thomas Sandmann and Michael Boutros. Design and evaluation of genome-wide libraries for RNAi screens. Genome Biol. 2010 Jun 15;11(6):R61. Link to manuscript

Goecks, J, Nekrutenko, A, Taylor, J and The Galaxy Team. Galaxy: a comprehensive approach for supporting accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational research in the life sciences. Genome Biol. 2010 Aug 25;11(8):R86.

Blankenberg D, Von Kuster G, Coraor N, Ananda G, Lazarus R, Mangan M, Nekrutenko A, Taylor J. "Galaxy: a web-based genome analysis tool for experimentalists". Current Protocols in Molecular Biology. 2010 Jan; Chapter 19:Unit 19.10.1-21.

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