Getting Started

Developing Cytoscape means programming in Java. There are plugins that make it possible to instead use Python/Perl/R, but these plugins only allow a small amount of the operations that Cytoscape provides.

In order to assist new Developers in writing plugins, we have a variety of resources available. We provide a Concepts_Document that goes through the key classes in Cytoscape that are used by plugins. In addition, we have tried to make our CyAPI as complete as possible. Remember that you need not be limited to the CyAPI; you can use the CyAPI from any plugin in your plugin as well. Notably, Filters are only available as a plugin. If you need a jump start, there is a simple "Hello World" style Cytoscape_Plugin_Tutorial available.

Also, possibly the best source of information is the Cytoscape Community. By signing up for our discussion email list, you will have access to the worldwide community of Cytoscape developers. Thanks for developing for Cytoscape!

Access to the latest subversion code can be found here: SVN_Access

Internal development pages can be found here: Cytostaff_Development


Please be aware that some of these pages may be outdated. The most current and reliable source of information is the Cytoscape subversion source code.

General Overview

Plugin Development and Implementation

Further Reading

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Funding for Cytoscape is provided by a federal grant from the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the Na tional Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number GM070743-01. Corporate funding is provided through a contract from Unilever PLC.

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