Get ChRIS Running

Set Up ChRIS graphic

Time to run ChRIS!

In this tutorial, you'll get ChRIS up and running on your laptop or workstation. Use these instructions to play around with it, or to get started setting up a development environment so you can start working on it.
This tutorial is based on the README files for the ChRIS backend repository and the ChRIS UI repository. Where these instructions may end up differing with those resources, the README files will always be the most up-to-date and correct. We provide this tutorial as a single comprehensive document to get you started.


  • A laptop or workstation running Linux (Fedora*, CentOS, Ubuntu, or Debian), Mac OS X 10.14+, or Windows 10 (64-bit).
  • Docker 18.06.0+ with Docker Compose 1.22.0+ (Use link for your distro / OS above.)
  • (Linux-only) Your OS user should be in a docker user group. After installing Docker, do the following in a terminal:
    1. sudo groupadd docker
    2. sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
    3. Log out, and log back in.
* Due to Docker's lack of support for cgroups v2 and DNFTables, there is no official Docker build for Fedora 32. Follow the instructions in this Fedora Magazine article to get Docker running on your Fedora 32 system.

Get the ChRIS backend (CUBE) up and running

After you've met the pre-requisites, you'll need to the ChRIS backend up and running. (The ChRIS backend is also called CUBE, an acronym for ChRIS Ultron Back End.) This is the core of ChRIS, not including its web interface (we'll get that working after.)

We're going to set up a development version of ChRIS. (It will use the default Django development server and therefore is not suitable for production.) If you are interested in setting ChRIS up for production, please refer to the README in the CUBE repository.

Open up a terminal on your system and follow these steps:
  1. Clone the ChRIS backend repo.
    git clone
  2. Go into the ChRIS backend directory.
    cd ChRIS_ultron_backend
  3. Run CUBE.
    • Run with tests:
      ./ ;
      sudo rm -fr FS;
      rm -fr FS;
    • Skip unit and integration tests:
      ./ ;
      sudo rm -fr FS;
      rm -fr FS;
      ./ -U -I -s
Tearing down the ChRIS backend

You can later remove all the backend containers and release storage volumes with:

$ cd ChRIS_ultron_backEnd
$ sudo rm -r FS
$ ./

Get the ChRIS UI frontend up and running

Now that you have CUBE, the ChRIS backend, running, it's time to get the ChRIS web-based UI working. The ChRIS UI is written primarily in TypeScript and React, and uses the PatternFly React pattern library.

Open up a terminal on your system and follow these steps:
  1. Clone the ChRIS UI repo.
    $ git clone
  2. Go into the ChRIS UI directory.
    cd ChRIS_ui
  3. Run the ChRIS UI.
    docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd):/home/localuser -p 3000:3000 -u $(id -u):$(id -g) --name chris_ui fnndsc/chris_ui:dev
  4. Open the website in a browser.
More detailed instructions for the ChRIS UI are available in the ChRIS UI repository's README, including how to run interactive tests and build for production.

What's Next?

Now that you've got a got both the ChRIS backend and ChRIS front end running, why not set up the ChRIS store?


Set Up the ChRIS Store

If you want to work on the ChRIS store, or need to test loading plugins into a ChRIS instance, you'll need to get the ChRIS store running on your system. Here's how.