Refgenie from within Python

Third-party python tools can rely on our Python object for access to refgenie assets. For this we have a Python package called refgenconf which provides a data type with methods to access local and remote genome assets.


You should already have refgenconf if you've installed refgenie, but if needed you can also install it separately with some variant of pip install refgenconf, depending on context.

Quick start

Create a RefGenConf object, which is the package's main data type. You just need to give it a genome configuration file (in YAML format).

import refgenconf
rgc = refgenconf.RefGenConf("genome_config.yaml")

Now, you can interact with it:


Use this to show all available remote assets:


In a tool, you're probably most interested in using refgenie to locate reference genome assets, for which you want to use the get_asset function. For example:

# identify genome (perhaps provided by user)
genome = "hg38"

# get the local path to bowtie2 indexes:
bt2idx = rgc.get_asset(genome, "bowtie2_index")

# run bowtie2...

This enables you to write python software that will work on any computing environment without having to worry about passing around brittle environment-specific file paths.

See the complete refgenconf python API for more details.