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BED file caching and loading from BEDbase

The BEDbase client command bbclient downloads, processes, and caches BED files and BED sets from the BEDbase API and converts them into GenomicRanges or GenomicRangesList objects. It provides various commands to interact with BED files, including downloading individual files, downloading BEDsets, processing local BED files, and processing BED file identifiers.

This document provides tutorials for using bbclient via either:

  1. the Python interface, or
  2. the command-line interface.

Getting started: Python interface

Create an instance of the BBClient Class:

from geniml.bbclient import BBClient

bbclient = BBClient(cache_folder="cache", bedbase_api="")

Download and cache a remote BED file from BEDbase

bedfile_id = "...."  # find interesting bedfile on bedbase
bedfile = bbclient.load_bed(bedfile_id)  # download, cache and return a RegionSet object
gr = bedfile.to_granges()  # return a GenomicRanges object

Cache a local BED file

from import RegionSet

bedfile = RegionSet("path/to/bedfile")
gr = bedfile.to_granges()  # should return a GenomicRanges object
bedfile_id = bbclient.add_bed_to_cache(bedfile) # compute its ID and add it to the cache

Cache a BED file from within Python memory

You can just provide a URL and it will add to cache for you:


Load a BED file from cache into Python session

bedfile_id = "...."  # get the identifier
bedfile = bbclient.load_bed(bedfile_id)  # the same function can also load BED files that have already been cached

Download and cache a BEDset from BEDbase

bedset_identifier = "xyz" # find some interesting bedset on
bedset = bbclient.load_bedset(bedset_identifier)  # download, cache and return a BedSet object
grl = bedset.to_granges_list()  # return a GenomicRangesList object

Cache a local BEDset

from import BedSet

bedset_folder = "path/to/bed/files/folder"
bedset = BedSet(
    [os.path.join(bedset-folder, file_name) for file_name in os.listdir(bedset_folder)]
bedset_id = bbclient.add_bedset_to_cache(bedset)

Command line interface

Cache BED file

geniml bbclient cache-bed <BED_file_or_identifier_or_url>

The <BED_file_or_identifier_or_url> variable can be one of 3 things:

  1. a path to a local BED file;
  2. a BED record identifier from BEDbase; or,
  3. a URL to a BED file hosted anywhere.

Cache BEDset

geniml bbclient cache-bedset <BED_files_folder_or_identifier>

The <BED_files_folder_or_identifier> variable may be:

  1. local path to a folder containing BED files; or,
  2. a BEDbase BEDset identifier

Seek the path of a BED file or BEDset in cache folder

To retrieve the local file path to a BED file stored locally,

geniml bbclient seek <identifier>

Replace with the identifier of the BED file or BEDset you want to seek.

Count the subdirectories and files in bedfiles & bedsets folder

geniml bbclient inspect

inspect command may need installing tree

Remove a BED file or BEDset from the cache folder

geniml bbclient rm <identifier>

Replace with the identifier of the BED file or BEDset you want to remove.

Cache Folder

By default, the downloaded and processed BED files are cached in the bed_cache folder. You can specify a different cache folder using the --cache-folder argument, or set the environment variable BBCLIENT_CACHE. The cache folder has this structure:



requests: For making HTTP requests.
pandas: For data manipulation.
genomicranges: For processing BED files and creating GenomicRanges objects.