Track hosting

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When users submit tracks to WashU Epigenome Browser, the tracks need be served under an HTTP/FTP server which supports byte range requests, cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive doesn't support this feature, thus they could not be used for hosting tracks used for the Browser. However, users could choose either asking the WashU Browser team to host the track or using the services provided by CyVerse.

Hosting track by WashU Browser team

Hosting track by CyVerse


  • After submitting the registration form, you will receive an email with validation link, click that link to validate your account. After validation, you should be able to login to the CyVerse system.


  • We will need to use the Discovery Environment services, click this menu.


  • The main interface of Discovery Environment


  • Click the Data button and select the Upload menu in the popup window


  • You can either upload the data from your local computer or from a URL. Since the upload will take some time, you can click the Notification button on the top right corner to check the status.


  • after the upload is done, you can you see your file/files on the window


  • click the file, on the right details info panel, change Info-Type


  • change to bed now, because currently there is no bigWig option, now you can see 'Send to: Genome Browser' button comes out.


  • Click the 'Genome Browser' button will popup a window with a URL to our file, copy it


  • open WashU browser, and submit this URL as custom track, remember to change http with https


  • now the data is displayed on the WashU browser.