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Cytoscape App Developer Ladder

Start your climb today! This is the best introduction to Cytoscape App development.

Publish Your Apps

Got a new App? Please send it to us. Once your plugin is registered to the store, Cytoscape users can access it through App Manager.

Google Summer of Code

If you are a student, you can contribute to Cytoscape through Google Summer of Code program. For more information about GSoC, please visit NRNB web site.

Join Core Team

Want to hack the Cytoscape Core code? Volunteers are always welcome! Joining our community is easy. There's no commitment beyond writing good code and you can contribute as much or as little as you like. Here is how to get started:

  • Check out our Product Roadmap to see where we've been and where we're heading.
  • Ask questions and start sending us pull-requests / patches via GitHub.
  • We'll provide commit access to our GitHub repository once we trust you!
  • Start joining our team conference calls each Thursday to coordinate your development efforts with ours.
  • If you remain a helpful contributor to the team, we'll vote you in as a core developer!
  • If your company or institution is interested in taking a larger role in the project, join the Cytoscape Consortium.

Developer Resources

Issue Tracker, Nexus Repository, Nightly Builds

Code Repository on GitHub

Cytoscape Core projects are now hosted on GitHub. From now on, latest version of Cytoscape code should be obtained from the following git repositories:

(Desupported) Cytoscape 2.x

Note that Cytoscape 3 is a multi-repository project. You need to read this document to learn how to clone all Cytoscape 3 projects.

Port Your 2.x Plugins

With the release of the 3.x, Cytoscape core team no longer maintaining 2.x code and you need to port your Plugins to 3.x series to use latest features in Cytoscape. In the sections below, you'll find links to documentation and tutorials related to 3.x app development.


StackOverflow is the best way to reach core developers. Same goes for any App development questions as well.

Documentation for 3.x App Developers

What is Cytoscape 3.x?

Learn about the Architecture, Backward Compatibility, and API of Cytoscape 3.x.

What is the Cytoscape 3.x Product Roadmap?

Learn where Cytoscape has been and what our plans are.

What are 3.x Apps?

Primary documentation for Cytoscape 3.x app development .

All Cytoscape 3.x app development tutorials.

Code for 3.x App Developers

Latest Cytoscape Release:

Cytoscape Development Tools

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All of our projects are build using Maven.
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