The 10x Genomics Cloud CLI is a command line interface (CLI) that allows you to upload FASTQ files to projects in your 10x Genomics account, create projects from the command line, and manage other tasks related to your 10x Genomics account.
It is an executable that can be run directly and requires no compilation or installation.
The steps are operating system dependent. Please select the tab for your operating system below to continue.
Download the 10x Genomics Cloud CLI for your operating system and unpack it to a convenient location. Your home directory is a good default location.
Open the Terminal app and use the command below to download:
curl -f -o txg-macos-v1.3.1.zip https://cf.10xgenomics.com/cloud-cli/v1.3.1/txg-macos-v1.3.1.zip
and then to unpack:
Below is a step-by-step video guide which demonstrates how to install and run commands on the 10x Genomics Cloud CLI for macOS operating systems.
To run the 10x Genomics Cloud CLI, you need to enter the path to the executable.
Option 1: You can navigate into the executable's directory, for example
txg-macos-v1.3.1, and run the command from within the directory every time you want to run a command. For example:
cd /home/user.name/apps/txg-macos-v1.3.1/ ./txg help
Option 2: Or you can specify the full path to the executable every time you want to run a command. For example:
Option 3: Or you can add the txg executable to your
$PATH. This means you can type
txg [command] from anywhere to access the executable and run commands. If you use the
echo command below, you should see a list of directories separated by colons similar to below.
echo $PATH /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/go/bin
If you put the 10x Genomics Cloud CLI executable in one of these directories, you've added it to your
$PATH and can run the
txg command from anywhere. There are several ways to add an executable to your
$PATH. Here's one method:
First, navigate into the directory you just downloaded and unpacked.
Then print the path to current directory using this command:
The output should be the directory containing the txg executable. Copy the outputted path and use it in the following
export command to add it into the
export PATH=[directory containing the executable]:$PATH
To verify you correctly added the 10x Genomics Cloud CLI to your
You should see output similar to the following:
Note: this only temporarily adds the executable to your
$PATH. It's only valid in the current shell session. To permanently add
txg to your
$PATH, add the
export command you just used to your
.bashrc (Linux) or
.zshrc (macOS v10.15+), which is a special script that runs everytime you login to your system. For more details, view this tutorial.
txg [command] [flags]
|Manage your analyses and download output files|
|Upload and manage FASTQs|
|Help about any command|
|Manage custom references|
The 10x Genomics Cloud CLI supports a number of flags for every command.
|Specify an access token to use. Default: the saved token from |
|Extra header to include in the request when sending HTTP requests to a server. May be given multiple times to add multiple headers. Each header must be of the form 'Header: value'. Default: no extra headers.|
|Display help and exit.|
|Don't show progress or messages. Default: off.|
|Display extra debugging information. Default: off.|
|Display version and exit.|
txg auth [command]
|Delete the saved access token (if it exists)|
|Set up authentication. Interactively walk through the process of setting up authentication. Running this command will prompt you to visit the 10x Genomics Cloud Analysis site, copy your access token, and paste it here. The access token will then be saved locally and reused for subsequent requests.|
|Verify the stored access token is valid and that the 10x Genomics Cloud Analysis service can be successfully reached. Returns a zero exit code if successful, nonzero otherwise.|
txg fastqs upload --project-id PROJECT-ID [insert path to fastqs]
Upload FASTQ files to a project in your account. For detailed instructions on uploading FASTQ files to a project, view our tutorial here.
|Create a new project with the specified name and immediately upload the FASTQs to it.|
|Upload the FASTQs to the project with the specified ID. The project ID is unique ID automatically created for each project. The project ID is provided in the upload command available in your project.|
txg fastqs list PROJECT-ID
List FASTQ files for the specified project ID. You can find the ID of a project by running
txg projects list.
txg analyses download ANALYSIS-ID [flags]
Download output files from the specified analysis. If
--file-id is not present, all non-expired output files will be downloaded. If
--file-id is present, only the specified files will be downloaded.
By default, the files will be downloaded into the directory from which the command is run (typically the
path/to/txg/ directory). To download to an alternate location, specify a file path using the
At this time, only free file downloads are supported via the 10x Genomics Cloud CLI. Any downloads beyond the free quota must be initiated via
wget, or download in the web browser.
|Comma delimited list of file IDs (optional).|
|Target download directory (optional).|
txg analyses files ANALYSIS-ID
View a list of all non-expired output files for the specified analysis.
txg analyses list PROJECT-ID
Display a list of your completed analyses for the specified project.
txg analyses get ANALYSIS-ID
Show the details of the specified analysis. You can find the analysis ID of your analyses by running
txg analyses list.
txg projects create --name NAME [--description DESC]
Create a new project with the specified name and optional description. The project name must be unique across all your projects.
|Project description (optional).|
|Project name (required).|
txg projects list [flags]
Display a list of your projects, optionally sorted by a specific field.
|Sort the list by the specified field, which must be one of: id, name, created. Default: unsorted.|
txg projects update PROJECT-ID [flags]
Update the name and/or description of the specified project. A project's ID can be displayed by running
txg projects list.
|Set the project description.|
|Set the project name.|
txg references upload [insert path to reference directory]
Upload an uncompressed or compressed reference directory. For detailed instructions on uploading FASTQ files to a project, view our tutorial here.
|Specify a name for your custom reference. If not specified, the directory name will be used as the name. This can be changed after upload is completed.|
txg references delete REFERENCE-ID
Delete the specified custom reference. You can find the reference ID of your references by running
txg references list.
txg references get REFERENCE-ID
Show the details of the specified custom reference. You can find the reference ID of your references by running
txg references list.
txg references list [FLAGS]
Display a list of your custom references, optionally sorted by a specific field.
|Sort the list by the specified field, which must be one of: id, name, or created. Default: unsorted.|
txg references update REFERENCE-ID [FLAGS]
Update one or more metadata fields associated with your custom reference. You can find the ID of a reference by running
txg references list.
|Specify how the custom reference was built (optional).|
|Short description (optional).|
|Set the reference name (required).|
|Scientific name of the organism followed by the common name in parentheses (optional).|