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Docker image for OBITools (1.2.13) available

In order to aid in making bioinformatics pipelines more reproducible, I have put together a docker image which houses OBITools. OBITools is a software bundle which helps you analyze NGS data. See their website for more information.

Having obitools housed in a docker image enables us to easily migrate or communicate our workflow. Here is a short representation of how one can call functions from the bundle using Python's docker package.

First, prepare some boilerplate stuff to have the container ready as a Python variable.

import docker
from docker.errors import NotFound

client = docker.from_env()

# Create or start docker container named 'obitools'.
    obt = client.containers.get('obitools')
    if obt.status == 'exited':
        print('Starting container obitools.')
        print('Container obitools ready.')
except NotFound:
    print('Creating container obitools.')
    obt =
        # This maps my local wolfdata to /data in container
        volumes={'/home/romunov/wolfdata': {'bind': '/data', 'mode': 'rw'}},
        tty=True, detach=True

And then run the command

score_min = 40
reads_r = "wolf_R.fastq"
reads_f = "wolf_F.fastq"
output = "wolf.fastq"
wolf = obt.exec_run(tty=True, workdir='/data', cmd=f'illuminapairedend --score-min={score_min} -r {reads_r} {reads_f} > {output}')

Command illuminapairedend --score-min=40 -r wolf_R.fastq wolf_F.fastq > wolf.fastq would be sent to the docker container and output would be located in /home/romunov/wolfdata (see the first code chunk, specifically study the argument volumes).

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