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GenePattern provides access to a broad array of computational methods used to analyze genomic data. Its extendable architecture makes it easy for computational biologists to add analysis and visualization modules. This ensures that GenePattern users have access to a continuously growing repository of new computational methods.

If you are new to GenePattern, begin with the basics:

Using a GenePattern Server

To use GenePattern, you open a web browser and enter a URL. The URL that you enter is the address of a GenePattern server. For example:



GenePattern public server. This URL connects you to the GenePattern server hosted at the Broad Institute.


GenePattern local server. You can download and install the GenePattern software,start your own GenePattern server and then use this URL to connect to your own GenePattern local server. For more information, see Starting Your Own GenePattern Server.

The URL for a networked server, for example:

GenePattern networked server. A GenePattern administrator at your company or another institution, can install a GenePattern server and make it available for your use. You can then use the URL of the networked GenePattern server to connect to that server.

For example, to use the GenePattern public server:

  1. Open a web browser, such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  2. Enter the URL of the GenePattern public server:

    GenePattern prompts you to login:

  3. Enter your user name and password. If you do not have a GenePattern account, select Click to Register.

    Whether a GenePattern server requires passwords depends on how it is configured. The GenePattern public server requires passwords. By default, a local server does not.

  4. Click Sign In. The GenePattern home page appears.

Cannot connect to server: If the web browser cannot connect to the server, it displays a message such as “Unable to connect” or “Cannot display the webpage.”

Exiting from GenePattern

To exit from GenePattern, click Sign Out in the top right corner of the title bar.

Getting Help

The GenePattern web site provides an overview of GenePattern and its analysis modules, as well as links to the GenePattern software and documentation. Click Documentation/Tutorials for a list of GenePattern tutorials and documentation, including:

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Updated on September 05, 2012 09:49