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FASTGenomics python helper

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This python module handles all common interfaces of your application to the FASTGenomics runtime:

  • Input/Output of files
  • Parameters

and provides some convenience functions.


A basic interaction through the fastgenomics module looks looks this

from fastgenomics.process import FGProcess

app_dir = "app_directory/"
data_dir = "data_directory/"
fg = FGProcess(app_dir, data_dir)

# access a parameter

# access an input/ouput file

Consistency checks

The constructor of FGProcess will check if all the necessary files exist and validate if their content is according to the FASTGenomics standard. For example, if you make a mistake in the manifest.json you will get a relevant error when calling FGProcess.

Reading & Writing AnnData

You can also easily load an AnnData object with

from fastgenomics.external import anndata

# read AnnData
adata = anndata.read_data(fg)

# Note: this methods works only if the app has exactly a single input of type 'anndata'.
# If your app has more than one input of type 'anndata' then you can use the following method:

adata_1 = anndata.read_anndata(fg.input['some_anndata_input'])
adata_2 = anndata.read_anndata(fg.input['another_anndata_input'])

# To write the AnnData object to output:

anndata.write_data(fg, adata)

# Note: this methods works only if the app has exactly a single output of type 'anndata'.
# Otherwise use the following:

anndata.write_anndata(adata_1, fg.output['some_anndata_output'])
anndata.write_anndata(adata_2, fg.output['another_anndata_output'])

# To read in the expression matrix, the gene metadata and the cell meta data as an AnnData object use:
adata =

# write AnnData to output files

In the read the cell_metadata and gene_metadata are optional, in the write all the outputs are optional.

note This functionality is kept in a separate submodule, to keep the dependency on scanpy optional.

Parameter checks

Aside from accessing the parameters you can also use the following function to validate if a parameter fulfills some arbitrary constraints. The code below raises a ValueError when some_parameter is not larger then zero.

    lambda x: x > 0,
    'Parameter "some_parameter" must be larger then 0.')

Writing the summary with a jinja2 template

FASTGenomics requires an app to output a file, this file is typically generated using a jinja2 template. This module provides the following utility function for generating a summary file.

fg.summary.template = "path_to_the_tempalte/"
fg.summary.write(some_value=1, some_other_value=2)

This generates a file in "[data_dir]/summary/" based on the template in fg.summary.template passing some_value=1 and some_other_value=2 to the template engine.

Note: The fg.summary.write function appends a ###-level section with the parameter values, with which the app was run.


The module encapsulates most of its functionality in a single class FGProcess(app_dir, data_dir) that is constructed from two paths: app_dir, where all the necessary app-related files are (most importantly, the manifest.json) and data_dir, which points to the directory structure provided by FASTGenomics. The class FGProcess has the following attributes

  • app: contains the interpreted manifest.json and the locations of app-related files.
  • parameters: facilitates the access to parameters provided by the FASTGenomics runtime.
  • input, output: represents the input and output files provide by the FASTGenomics runtime.
  • summary: handles the rendering.

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