LabKey Server

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LabKey Server
Developer(s) LabKey
Stable release
17.3[1] / November 17, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-11-17)
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
License Apache License 2.0

LabKey Server is free, open source software available for scientists to integrate, analyze, and share biomedical research data. The platform provides a secure data repository that allows web-based querying, reporting, and collaborating across a range of data sources. Specific scientific applications and workflows can be added on top of the basic platform and leverage a data processing pipeline.


LabKey licenses LabKey Server and its documentation for free under the Apache License.[2]

Languages and extensibility[edit]

The base platform is written in Java. It can be extended through the addition of Java-based modules or simple, file-based modules written in HTML, XML and JavaScript.[3] The platform can also be extended using LabKey Server's Java, JavaScript, R, Python, Perl and SAS client libraries.[4]


LabKey Server, originally known as the Computational Proteomics Analysis System (CPAS), was developed at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to manage high volumes of data generated at the Fred Hutch Computational Proteomics Lab. In 2005, a small team spun out of the Hutch and began operating independently as LabKey Software after contributors realized that the software could be beneficial to the broader scientific community.[5][6][7]

Core Components[edit]

LabKey Server provides a secure data repository for all types of biomedical data, including mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, microarray, microplate, ELISpot, ELISA, NAb and observational study information. A customizable data processing pipeline allows the upload and processing of the large data files common in biomedical research.

The platform also provides domain-specific support for several areas of research, including:

  • Observational Studies. Supports management of longitudinal, large-scale studies of participants, subjects or animals over time. Allows the integration of clinical data with assay results.
  • Proteomics. Allows the processing of high-throughput mass spectrometry data using tools such as the X! Tandem search engine, the Trans-Proteomic Pipeline, Mascot and Sequest. Certified as "Silver-Level Compliant Data Service" with the caBIG standard.
  • Flow Cytometry. Supports automated quality control, centralized data management and web-based data sharing. Integrates with FlowJo.

Zika Open Research Portal[edit]

In 2016, LabKey and Professor Dave O'Connor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison launched the Zika Open Research Portal [1] using LabKey Server. The portal provides direct access to experiment data being produced by members of the Zika Experimental Science Team (ZEST). The portal received attention from the scientific community for being the first platform of its kind to share real-time research data. [8][9]


Users range from individual labs to large research consortia. In 2017, the program's users included the following:[10]



  1. ^ "Release: LabKey Server v17.3". Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  2. ^ "LabKey Frequently Asked Questions: /home". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Building Modules: /home/Documentation". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  4. ^ "LabKey API: /home/Documentation". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Computational Proteomics Laboratory". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Center News - 1/5/06 - Center, NCI launch open-source software for proteomics analysis". 2006-01-05. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  8. ^ "Zika researchers release real-time data on viral infection study in monkeys". Nature News. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Zika Data From the Lab, and Right to the Web". New York Times. 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Our Clients | LabKey Software". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 

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