IRIDA Uploader


  • Command Line interface for Linux and Windows
  • Single Directory Upload
  • MiSeq/MiniSeq/NextSeq Sequencing Run Parser
  • Directory Parsing
  • Batch Uploads
  • Assemblies Uploads
  • Can be used with cron/windows task scheduler for automated uploads
  • GUI

Upcoming Features

  • File upload checksum validation
  • Post-processing tasks
  • Pause and resume uploads

Getting Started

GUI Tutorial

You can find a tutorial and walkthrough on the phac-nml github

Download / Install / Setup


The IRIDA Uploader can be run on any operating system that supports Python.

You can download the source code on GitHub.

You can download pre-built packages for Windows from our GitHub releases page.



Run an installer (links above) and follow along with the install wizard.

You will need to configure your uploader before running. See Configuration for details


Make sure Python 3.5 or newer is installed

$ python3 --version

If python3 is not installed, install with

$ sudo apt-get install python3

Install pip:

$ sudo apt-get install python3-pip

virtualenv usage

Install virtualenv and setuptools

$ pip install virtualenv
$ pip install setuptools

If you already have these packages installed, ensure they are up to date

$ pip install virtualenv -U
$ pip install setuptools -U

Download the source code

$ git clone
$ cd irida-uploader

Build a virtualenv and install the dependencies automatically with make:

$ make

You will need to configure your uploader before running.


You will need to configure IRIDA and the uploader to upload files.

How to configure

If you do not create a configuration file, IRIDA uploader will create one for you with default values the first time it try's to upload.

You will need to edit this file with your IRIDA credentials, and the parser that matches your data.

Choose a Parser

The config file has a parser field that you can use to parse different directory structures

We currently support the following:

directory : Generic Directory

miseq / miseq_v26 : Miseq (Control Software Version 2.6)

miseq_v31 : Miseq (Control Software Version 3.1)

miniseq : MiniSeq

iseq : iSeq

nextseq : NextSeq

Starting an upload

You can upload with the following commands


Open a Command Prompt terminal and use the iridauploader command to upload

C:\Users\username> iridauploader \path\to\my\samples\


Use the script included with the source code to upload.

./ /path/to/the/sequencing/run/


After uploading, an file will be created which indicates if a run is complete, or has failed

You can delete this file to make it ready for reupload, or use the --force option when running the uploader to ignore the status of a run directory.

Batch Uploading

You can upload a directory containing run directories by using the --batch option when running the uploader.

Example batch upload directory:

./ --batch /path/to/BatchDirectoryToUpload/

└── BatchDirectoryToUpload
    ├── Run_1
    │   ├── SampleSheet.csv
    │   └── <other run files>
    ├── Run_2
    │   ├── SampleSheet.csv
    │   └── <other run files>
    └── Run_3
        ├── SampleSheet.csv
        └── <other run files>

The --force option can be used with the --batch option

WARNING! When uploading nextseq data and using --batch upload with an auto-upload script, incomplete fastq files could be uploaded if bcl2fastq has not finished when the upload begins.

Assemblies Uploading

You can upload assemblies by using the --assemblies option while running the uploader, or by clicking the assemblies checkbox in the GUI.

It is recommended that you use the Directory Upload structure to upload assemblies.

Please note that assemblies can not be uploaded as paired files.


Logs about individual runs are written to the sequencing run directory that they are uploaded from.

Full debug logs are written to your system default logging directory






Problems uploading?

Check the Errors Page for help with common errors.

Found a bug or have an idea for a feature?

Create an issue on our GitHub Issues Board


The modules of the IRIDA Uploader can be used through pip/pypi

pip install iridauploader

Example to get you started:

import iridauploader.api as api
import iridauploader.parsers as parsers

api_instance = api.ApiCalls(client_id, client_secret, base_url, username, password, max_wait_time)
parser_instance = parsers.Parser.factory("miseq")

Want to create a parser for a sequencer that we don't yet support or have an idea for an IRIDA related project?

Requirements for new parsers

Information on the IRIDA python API

Object Model Reference

Cloud Deployment