The DNAnexus Platform SDK (a.k.a.
dx-toolkit) includes the
dx command-line client, tools for building and debugging apps, other utilities for working with DNA data on the DNAnexus platform, and Python, Java, C++ and R bindings for working with the DNAnexus platform.
Our SDK is released under the Apache v2.0 license.
Note: If you plan to do most of your interaction with the platform through the web UI, and will use the command-line only to upload files, you probably do not need to download the SDK. The Upload Agent (discussed below) is our specialized tool for uploading to the platform and may be all that you need from this page.
pip3 install dxpy
To enable tab completion after installing with pip3, run the following command or add it to your
eval "$(register-python-argcomplete dx|sed 's/-o default//')"
Congratulations! You are now ready to use the
dx command-line tool and the
dxpy Python module.
Note: For best compatibility, you may wish to export the PYTHONIOENCODING to UTF-8 (
export PYTHONIOENCODING=UTF-8in bash ) to avoid potential character set problems running the
Note: dxpy and dx cli tools are tested with python3.5.2.
Note: For pip3 installations of dxpy, use pip3 install --upgrade dxpy to upgrade the dxpy package. Only use
dx upgradewith tarball installations described below.
The Command Line Quickstart will get you started on accessing the platform from the command-line.
The Developer section contains comprehensive information on how to use the SDK to interact with and write your own applications for the DNAnexus Platform.
dx-toolkit to a proxy, please set the
HTTP_PROXY environment variable to something like
HTTPS_PROXY is also supported.
dx-toolkit uses certificates installed on the system to create secure connections. If your system requires an additional TLS certificate and the
dx-toolkit doesn't appear to be using a certificate installed on your system, there are two options in order of preference. First, set the
DX_CA_CERT environment variable to the path of the PEM-encoded TLS certificate file required by your parent organization. You can also connect insecurely by avoiding certificate verification all together by setting
For Windows users, the way environments are customized can vary enough to where the settings above may still cause issues. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having trouble connecting through a proxy.
You can download the SDK for Java, R, C++, and Python2.7 built for your platform:
Ubuntu Linux 16.04
Ubuntu Linux 14.04
CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scientific Linux 5/6/7 *
Mac OS X
Linux and Mac
Unpack the SDK:
$ tar -xzf dx-toolkit*.tar.gz
Note: The tarballs include Python2.7 version of
dxpy bindings and
dx command, which will be supported until March 1, 2021.
Initialize your environment as follows:
$ source dx-toolkit/environment
Windows (Windows 10 and later versions are supported)
dx-toolkit*.exe to start the installation. Systems with Windows Defender enabled may present a warning before launching the dx-toolkit installer. If you see this warning window, click "More Info", and choose "Run Anyway". The sources for the Windows installer are here.
After the installation is completed, find and click on the DNAnexus CLI shortcut on the Windows Start Menu.
NOTE: If your organization does not allow installation on Windows systems without the installer package's signature, please get in contact with the support team at email@example.com for possible alternative installation method.
Congratulations! You are now ready to use the Platform SDK.
dx upgrade command will upgrade your DNAnexus SDK to the latest version recommended. The
dx upgrade command can also revert your dx-toolkit to a previous version.
dx upgrade without any arguments will upgrade your DNAnexus SDK to the most recent version. Alternatively, you can provide
dx upgrade with a version of the DNAnexus SDK that you would prefer to have installed on your local system.
Upgrading to the latest version:
$ dx upgradeUpgrading to v0.295.1Downloading dx-toolkit-v0.295.1-osx.tar.gz (using curl -O -L)...% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time CurrentDload Upload Total Spent Left Speed100 9874k 100 9874k 0 0 3279k 0 0:00:03 0:00:03 --:--:-- 3279kUnpacking dx-toolkit-v0.295.1-osx.tar.gz...Backing up version v0.227.1...Moving version v0.295.1 into place...upgrade.sh: Updated to version v0.295.1. Previous version saved in /Users/user-amy/dnanexus/dx-toolkit/build/v0.227.1.Please close this terminal, open a new terminal, and source the environment file in the dx-toolkit folder
Upgrading to a previous version:
$ dx upgrade v0.225.0
If you are running Ubuntu 16.04 or 14.04, see Ubuntu Repository for instructions on how to obtain the DNAnexus SDK via APT.
Download either of the following source packages:
Readme.md file in the archive for build-time dependencies and further installation instructions (or view on Github).
The Upload Agent is a command-line tool for uploading files to the DNAnexus Platform. It is a fast and convenient alternative to using the web interface for uploading files.
Fast Parallel Uploads: Data is uploaded using multiple parallel connections for faster upload speeds.
Automatic Compression: Text files (such as FASTA, FASTQ, qseq, and others) can be automatically compressed before upload, for better efficiency.
Automated Uploads: No user interaction is required; the client can be used to automate uploads of entire sequencing runs.
Resumable Uploads: Previously interrupted uploads can be automatically resumed.
Progress Reporting: You can monitor individual file upload progress and also average/instantaneous transfer rates.
The Upload Agent is available pre-built for the three main flavors of operating systems:
Unpack and run the downloaded file. You should then see a help message.
$ tar -xzf dnanexus-upload-agent-*-linux.tar.gz$ cd dnanexus-upload-agent-*-linux$ ./ua
Mac OS X
$ unzip dnanexus-upload-agent-*-osx.zip$ cd dnanexus-upload-agent-*-osx$ ./ua
Unzip the file using your favorite utility
This program requires that you have an API key. Please create an API key before proceeding.
The Download Agent is a command-line tool for downloading large quantities of files from DNAnexus to a local environment. It is designed to resiliently manage downloads over potentially long periods of time.
For a detailed description of Download Agent features and usage, please review the README file on its Github location.
A list of Download Agent releases is provided on the Releases section of its Github location. The Docker repository additionally provides access to experimental builds corresponding to commits to the master branch.
dxWDL is a compiler from the Workflow Description Language (WDL) to the platform. It takes a workflow written in WDL, and generates a DNAnexus native workflow from it. It can be downloaded from the releases section of the github repository. The executable is a jar file that can be run with Java 8.