A workflow testing tool for Galaxy


A workflow testing tool for Galaxy



Workflow managers for scientific analysis provide a high-level programming platform facilitating standardization, automation, collaboration and access to sophisticated computing resources. The Galaxy workflow manager provides a prime example of this type of platform. As compositions of simpler tools, workflows effectively comprise specialized computer programs implementing often very complex analysis procedures.


With wft4galaxy we offer a tool to bring automated testing to Galaxy workflows, making it feasible to bring continuous integration to their development and ensuring that defects are detected promptly. wft4galaxy can be easily installed as a regular Python program or launched directly as a Docker container—the latter reducing installation effort to a minimum.

Innovative features

  • simple-to-use solution to integrate workflow tests in regular CI environments;
  • self-contained docker image – no installation required.

Potential users

Galaxy community

Impact sectors


Other resources

  1. https://github.com/phnmnl/wft4galaxy
  2. M. E. Piras, L. Pireddu, G. Zanetti; wft4galaxy: a workflow testing tool for galaxy, Bioinformatics, Volume 33, Issue 23, 1 December 2017, Pages 3805–3807, https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btx461

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