Public | Automated Build

Last pushed: 2 years ago
Short Description
cBioPortal | Dockerized Automated Build Implementation
Full Description

cBioPortal | Dockerized Automated Build Implementation


This project is an open source dockerized automated build implementation of the cBioPortal developed by MSKCC, enabling researchers to create their own internal version of cBioPortal with a single command line.

Github Project
Docker Automated Build

What is cBioPortal?

The cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics provides visualization, analysis, and download of large-scale cancer genomics data sets. The cBioPortal is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3, as published by the Free Software Foundation.

The cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics is developed and maintained by the Center for Molecular Oncology and the Computational Biology Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Learn more about cBioPortal

Public cBioPortal
cBioPortal Github

What is Docker?

Docker is an open-source project that automates the deployment of applications inside software containers, by providing an additional layer of abstraction and automation of operating-system-level virtualization on Linux. Docker uses the resource isolation features of the Linux kernel such as cgroups and kernel namespaces, and a union-capable filesystem such as aufs and others to allow independent "containers" to run within a single Linux instance, avoiding the overhead of starting and maintaining virtual machines.

Learn more about Docker:

Docker Home Page
Docker Run Reference

Why a Docker Automated Build?

Automated Builds have several advantages:

  • Images built in this way are built exactly as specified.
  • The Dockerfile is available to anyone with access to the Docker Hub repository.
  • The repository is kept up-to-date with code changes automatically.

1. cBioPortal DB Setup

cBioPortal requires MySQL to be installed.

Work In Progress...

Option 1 | MySQL running in Host

-- Add instructions on how to run on host

Option 2 | MySQL running with Docker

A. Setup a Docker Network

Because MySQL and cBioPortal are running on separate containers, there needs to be a method for linking them. Using Docker's --link flag tends to be fragile since it will break if the MySQL container is restarted. We can get around this by using Docker's network options.

docker network create cbio-net

B. Start a MySQL docker container:

docker run -d --name "cbioDB" \
    --restart=always \
    --net=cbio-net \
    -p 8306:3306 \
    -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=P@ssword1 \
    -e MYSQL_USER=cbio \
    -e MYSQL_PASSWORD=P@ssword1 \
    -e MYSQL_DATABASE=cbioportal \
    -v /seed/DB/path:/cbioDB \

C. Import Seed DB

docker exec -it cbioDB /bin/bash

gunzip cbioportal-seed.sql.gz

mysql --user=cbio --password=P@ssword1 cbioportal  < /cbioDB/cbioportal-seed.sql

[MySQL Docker Hub] (
[MySQL Docker Github] (

2. Run cBioPortal

Start the cBioPortal Container

docker run -d --name "cbio" \
    --restart=always \
    --net=cbio-net \
    -p 8080:8080 \
    -v /custom_config/folder_path/:/custom_config/ \
    -v /customization/folder_path/:/custom_files/ \
    -v /logs/folder_path/:/cbio_logs/ \
    -v /studies/path:/cbio_studies/ \
Docker Pull Command
Source Repository