Tripal is a toolkit for construction of online biological (genetics, genomics, breeding, etc), community database, and is a member of the GMOD family of tools. Tripal provides by default integration with the GMOD Chado database schema and Drupal, a popular Content Management Systems (CMS). Tripal is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.


  • Provide a framework for those with genomic, genetic and breeding data for creation of an online site for display, search and visualization.
  • To use community-derived standards and ontologies to facility continuity between sites which in turn fosters collaboration and sharing
  • Provide an out-of-the-box setup for a genomics site for those who simply want to put new genome assemblies and annotations online.
  • Provide Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for complete customization such that more advanced displays, look-and-feel, and new functionality can be supported.

Major Features

  • Incorporates the GMOD Chado database schema which serves as the data warehouse.
  • Integrates with Drupal for user management, and non-biological content.
  • Data loaders for commonly used file formats (FASTA, GFF3, GAF, OBO, tab-delimited, etc.).
  • Sites can be customized as desired.
  • Site developers can create new extension modules to share with other Tripal sites.


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