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Access mouse metadata from the Climb API.



More information about the Climb API can be found on the developer portal (you'll need to sign up for an account to access documentation on the various API endpoints).



First, register for an account with Climb. Note: this is different than the Climb developer portal. You'll use your Climb credentials, not your developer portal credentials, to access data via the API.

To access the API, you need an access token:

token <- get_climb_token("<username>", "<password>")

Access tokens are returned as a character string with an attribute containing expiration date.

Accessing data

Get animals:

# Using the token generated above

Get animals by job:

get_animals_by_job(job = "6655", token = token)

Get animals by cohort:

get_animals_by_cohort(cohort = "5xFAD 6mo Tissue", token)

The above functions return a response object. To turn this into a data frame, use the make_animals_df() function.

r <- get_animals_by_job(job = "6655", token = token)

tidy_animals_by_job() does a little extra work to ensure some expected fields in the get_animals_by_job() response are included (and populated with NA if there was no data from these fields in the response).

Authentication: advanced

Access tokens are good for one day, after which you'll need to generate a new one. To avoid having to repeatedly type your password to authenticate, you can use the secret package to store your credentials in a vault. Here's an example of how this could run (you'll need to supply your own paths, keys, and credentials):


## Create a vault
vault <- "/path/to/your/vault.vault"

## Add yourself as a user to the vault
my_public_key <- "/path/to/your/ssh/public/" # e.g. "~/.ssh/"
add_user("your@email.address", my_public_key, vault)

## Save Climb login object to your vault
climb_login <- c(username = "yourusername", password = "yourpassword")

  users = "your@email.address",
  vault = vault

You can retrieve the object with get_secret():

climb_login <- get_secret(
  key = "~/.ssh/id_rsa", # your private key here
  vault = vault

And then use it in authentication:

token <- get_climb_token(climb_login["username"], climb_login["password"])


If you belong to multiple Climb workgroups, when you generate a token your API requests will be directed to whichever workgroup you most recently logged into on the web. Therefore if workgroup A has a job my_job, but you most recently logged in to workgroup B, then get_animals_by_job(job = "my_job", token = token) will not return any data. To get around this, either log in to the appropriate workgroup before making a request, or create separate accounts for each workgroup you want to access.

Please note that the climbr project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.

Sage-Bionetworks/climbr documentation built on April 25, 2020, 4:08 p.m.