Putting it onto the internet¶
Deploying your cell browser on the web is as simple as copying the output of
including all files and directories, into to an empty directory on a web
server. The cell browser should be able to be deployed on almost any web server, including:
- One provided by your university (often through a public_html directory in your home directory)
- A cloud provider, such as:
- Amazon S3
- Google Cloud Storage
- Microsoft Azure
If none of the above options work, you can always send the output files to firstname.lastname@example.org, we are happy to add it to our public Cell Browser website. Unfortunately, online backup solutions such as Dropbox, Box.com, iCloud, OneDrive or Google Drive will not work; they are intentionally designed to not be used as web servers.
Adding multiple datasets to your cell browser¶
To add more datasets to the same cell browser, navigate to the other data directories and run cbBuild there with the same output directory. cbBuild will then modify the index.html in the output directory to show all datasets. Note that the directory that you provide via -o (or the CBOUT environment variable) is the html directory. The data for each individual dataset will be copied into subdirectories under this html directory, one directory per dataset.
Specifying a default output directory for
The output directory for
cbBuild can be controlled using environment or .conf variables.
This allows you to run
cbBuild in a directory without needing to specify an output
directory using the “-o” option.
To control the output directory using an environment variable, add the following line to your ~/.bashrc to point to your html directory:
/var/www with whatever you want the default output directory to be.
Alternatively, you can create a file called
.cellbrowser.conf in your home directory
and assign a value to htmlDir:
echo 'htmlDir = "/var/www"' >> ~/.cellbrowser.conf
/var/www with your own dorectory.
Notes on setting up a permanent cell browser on a local machine¶
The port option, e.g.
-p 8888, is optional. When this option is specified,
it will start up its own web server. If you are running this on your local machine,
a more permanent alternative to the -p option is to run a web server on your machine
and then build directly into its web directory.
On a Mac, you can use the Apache that ships with OSX:
sudo /usr/sbin/apachectl start sudo cbBuild -o /Library/WebServer/Documents/cells/
You should be able to access your viewer at http://localhost/cells
On Linux, you will need to install Apache2 (with
sudo yum install httpd
sudo apt-get install apache2) and use the directory
sudo cbBuild -o /var/www/
We hope you do not use this software on Windows. Email email@example.com if you have to.