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A Docker image for PyFBA
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A docker image for PyFBA

This repository contains the Dockerfile for building a
Docker image for
PyFBA - A python implementation
of flux balance analysis to model microbial metabolism. If you have
Docker installed, you can pull this image using:

docker pull vimalkvn/pyfba


  1. The docker image built using this Dockerfile will have the latest
    version of PyFBA from Github along with all the dependencies
    pre-installed - GLPK, PyGLPK, libSBML, lxml, Beautiful Soup 4 and
    the ModelSEED database.

  2. To run a script using this container, download the run-pyfba)
    wrapper script available from the Github repository, save it in a
    location accesible in PATH and run it like this:

     run-pyfba python

    or run the docker container directly:

     docker run --rm \
     -e LOGNAME=$(logname) \
     -e USER=$(logname) \
     -u ${UID}:${UID} \
     -v $(pwd):/wdir \
     -w /wdir \
     vimalkvn/pyfba \
  1. The ModelSEED database is stored inside the container at
    /data/ModelSEEDDatabase and the PyFBA media directoy is copied to
    /data/media. The following environmental variables are also set


    The -e and -u options are used so that the container has
    permissions to read input files and the generated output files will
    be owned by the user running the container and not root. Default
    user is pyfba.

    Input files are assumed to be present in the directory where
    the command is run.

    User must have either:

    • sudo access to run this script (script should be run as
      sudo run-pyfba) or the

    • user must be part of the docker user group.

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