Important note: The instructions below will install a relatively old version of GBrowse (1.54 I think). To install a newer version, first install the Apache webserver (httpd) and libgd with yum:

 sudo yum install gd-devel httpd

and then follow the directions on the main install page for using the net install script. If you don’t want or need the ‘bleating edge’, just ignore this note.



RPM-based Linux distributions, including Fedora and CentOS, can install GBrowse using the RPMs located at These can be installed using the yum installer tool. For more information please see the Biopackages HOWTO.


See the Biopackages HOWTO for the steps to setup Biopackages on your system.

Installing Packages

First, as root, freshen your local cache of yum header files. Yum will print something similar to what is below:

% yum update
Gathering header information file(s) from server(s)
Server: Fedora Core 2 - x86_64 - Base
Server: BioPackages (Stable x86_64) for Fedora Core 2 - x86_64
Server: BioPackages (Stable noarch) for Fedora Core 2 - x86_64
Server: Fedora Core 2 - x86_64 - Released Updates
Finding updated packages
Downloading needed headers
genome-Sce-annotation-gen 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB    00:00
genome-Sce-nib-0-S228C-3. 100% |=========================| 1.7 kB    00:00
chado-Sce-0-S228C.0.003-2 100% |=========================| 2.0 kB    00:00
genome-Sce-annotation-aff 100% |=========================| 1.2 kB    00:00
genome-Sce-0-S228C-3.2005 100% |=========================| 1.7 kB    00:00

Then install gbrowse:

% yum install gbrowse

You can now visit the documentation and try out the example Yeast database by visiting http://localhost/gbrowse

NOTE: One problem with the RPM install is it currently installs gbrowse into it’s own directory (e.g. /var/www/cgi-bin/gbrowse/). This means that the yeast example referenced in http://localhost/gbrowse should actually point to http://localhost/cgi-bin/gbrowse/gbrowse/yeast_chr1.


Lincoln Stein 12:51, 17 April 2007 (EDT)

Some material cut and paste from, with permission from Allen Day.

Brian O’Connor 12:12, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Updated the install description of Biopackages to use our new configuration RPMs.

Brian O’Connor 12:18, 05 June 2007 (PDT)

Added note about install path for gbrowse.