BLAST Searches at a Cloud Provider

Have a lot of BLAST searches to run? Run it on the cloud!

Do you have difficulties running high volume BLAST searches? Do you have proprietary sequence data to search and cannot use the NCBI BLAST web site? Do you want to avoid the work to set-up and maintain stand-alone BLAST? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on!

The NCBI provides a BLAST server image hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This allows users to run stand-alone searches with the BLAST+ applications, submit searches through a subset of the NCBI-BLAST URL API, and perform searches with a simplified webpage. The server image includes a FUSE client that will download BLAST databases during the first search. The server image runs on Ubuntu Linux. This page provides links to the latest server images as well as links to documentation about BLAST in the cloud.

What are the next steps?

Getting started is easy! Having familiarity with cloud services is helpful, but not necessary. Here are the quick steps to get started:


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