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Portable Python package to connect with the Tribe web service at the University of Pennsylvania

Project description

Tribe-client is a portable Python app to connect your bioinformatics server or tool to the ‘Tribe’ web service (located at

This package allows web servers created using Django to connect directly to Tribe and make use of its resources. Users of the client web server or tool can access their Tribe resources via Tribe OAuth2 authentication.


If you are using tribe-client in a web server that uses Django, we recommend you use Django version 1.8 or newer.

Download and Install

Tribe-client is registered as “tribe-client” in PyPI and is pip installable:

pip install tribe-client

Quick Start with Django

  1. Add tribe_client to your INSTALLED_APPS setting:


2. Include the tribe-client URLconf in your project’s URLconf (usually

from django.conf.urls import url, patterns, include

urlpatterns = patterns('',
  (r'^tribe_client/', include('tribe_client.urls')),

3. Register your client server at Make sure to:

  1. Be logged-in using your Tribe account

  2. Select “Confidential” under Client type and

  3. Select “Authorization Code” under Authorization grant type

  4. Enter your client server’s address plus “/tribe_client/get_token” in the Redirect uris box. If your client server’s current address is, enter

4. Write down the Client ID in the TRIBE_ID setting and the Client secret in the TRIBE_SECRET setting in your file like so:

TRIBE_ID = '*****Tribe Client ID*****'
TRIBE_SECRET = '*****Tribe Client Secret*****'

5. The TRIBE_REDIRECT_URI setting should be the address of the client server plus “/tribe_client/get_token”.


6. Define in your settings the scope that your client server should have for Tribe resources. The two options are: ‘read’ and ‘write’.The default is ‘read’. Note: The ‘write’ scope includes the ‘read’ scope access.

TRIBE_SCOPE = 'write'  # Or 'read'

7. (Optional) If you want to use tribe_client’s templates, make sure you have a base template (which gets extended by your other templates and contains the {% block content %} {% endblock %} statements) that the tribe_client templates can extend, and specify its name in your settings. The name of this setting is TRIBE_CLIENT_BASE_TEMPLATE. By default, tribe_client will look for a template called base.html.

TRIBE_CLIENT_BASE_TEMPLATE = 'name_of_your_main_template.html'

8. (Optional) If you want to use tribe_client’s built-in login templates and urls, make a link that takes the user to the connect_to_tribe url in your website. This url will show users the built-in Tribe login page. Below is an example of this type of link in the webpage’s navbar:

<div class="collapse navbar-collapse">
  <ul class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right">
    <li><a href="{% url "connect_to_tribe" %}">Login with Tribe</a></li>

9. (Optional) If you want to redirect your users to somewhere other than the /tribe_client/display_genesets url after they have logged in, you can define this in the TRIBE_LOGIN_REDIRECT setting in your file. Note: If you are not using the tribe-client built-in templates (see above), you will need to define this setting so your users have somewhere to go after they log in.

TRIBE_LOGIN_REDIRECT = '/place-to-go-after-login'

10. (Optional) If you want to redirect your users to somewhere other than the /tribe_client url after they log out, you can define this in the TRIBE_LOGOUT_REDIRECT setting in your file. Note: If you are not using the tribe-client built-in templates (see above), you will need to define this setting so your users have somewhere to go after they log out.

TRIBE_LOGOUT_REDIRECT = '/place-to-go-after-logout'

11. (Optional) If you want to download and pickle gene sets/collections from Tribe by using the tribe_client_pickle_public_genesets management command, you must customize the following setting in

# Location of folder where pickled gene set files will be saved to.
# This can be a subdirectory in your server's path (as shown here),
# or not.
    <server directory>, <folder for pickled gene sets files>)

and run the following management command:

python tribe_client_pickle_public_genesets

This will download and pickle all the public Tribe collections for every organism in your database. This is handy in case you want to do many gene set enrichment analyses across thousands of gene sets saved in Tribe, or any other task that would require making frequent, large, time-consuming requests for gene sets.

A Closer Look

Under the hood, tribe-client has functions that:

1) Get an access token (via the OAuth2 protocol) that allows users to access and create resources in Tribe.

2) Retrieves public and private collections (and their versions) and displays them on the client server using views and templates included in the package.

3) Allows users to create new collections and versions remotely, from the client server.

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