For Dockstore 1.8.0+

Dockstore integrates with the Analysis, Visualization, and Informatics Lab-space (AnVIL) platform, allowing you to launch WDL-based workflows from Dockstore in AnVIL. Here is some information on what that looks like from a user point of view in a mini-tutorial.

Exporting into AnVIL

When browsing WDL workflows from within Dockstore, you will see a “Launch with AnVIL” button on the right. The currently selected version of the workflow will be exported.

WDL workflow

WDL workflow

If not logged into AnVIL, you will be prompted to login. Otherwise, or after login, you will be presented with the following screen.

WDL workflow import

WDL workflow import

You will need to pick a workspace to export it into. You can either select an existing workspace or create a new one.

Then hit the “Import” button and continue from within the Terra interface to configure and run your workflow.

Note that you may want to double-check that the workflow specifies a runtime environment (docker, cpu, memory, and disks) to avoid using limiting defaults on AnVIL. See more here.


  1. While we support launching of WDL workflows, tools as listed in Dockstore are currently not supported.
  2. AnVIL does not currently support file-path based imports. Importing a workflow with file-based imports will result in error. See the converting file-based imports doc for more info.
  3. Only the WDL language is supported.