Local installation of WormBase
Imagine being able to run WormBase on your own local computer, unencumbered from server load at www.wormbase.org, network latency, or even the need for a network connection. Run BLAST searches on your laptop enroute to your next presentation somehwere over the Atlantic or explore expression patterns of your favorite gene family at your local coffee shop.
Maybe you have a private dataset that you would like to incorporate with WormBase but share within your lab or organization.
Or perhaps you would like to set up a mirror site of WormBase as a community resource.
We offer two approaches for installing and running your own copy of WormBase.
1. Use "Virtual Machines" of WormBase
"Virtual Machines" (or VMX) are self-contained packages of everything you need to use WormBase locally. By everything, we mean everything: all the software, third party libraries, databases and datasets, and even an operating system (in our case, CentOS Linux).
Virtual machines can be opened on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms using the free VMPlayer (Linux, Windows) or the VMWare Fusion Player (Mac) available from VMWare.
In essence, you'll be running a complete operating system complete with WormBase INSIDE your operating system.
2. Manual installation
If you are familiar with Unix/Linux and have access to a server-class machine, you might want to install all components of WormBase individually. This approach acquires more time and effort upfront, and some time every few weeks to keep things up-to-date. The pre-built virtual machines are much easier to use but we offer this manual approach for those who would like to build a custom installation.