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Contributor Guide

Contribute to the Cytomine Free and Open Source project

In this section, we will find information about the ways to contribute, extend and improve the Cytomine project.

As the Cytomine project is composed of multiple services with different programming language, it is possible to contribute to one or another service according to your skills.

Please see the How to contribute page to discover the multiple ways of improving Cytomine.

The main components of the Cytomine project are

  • The Core component. It contains the programming logic, the object representation, their dependencies and the access permissions. Core is also the component connected to the databases. It is developed in Grails.
  • The IMS (Image Management Server) component. Connected to the storage disk, the uploads are made on IMS and it will convert, if necessary, and deploy the uploaded images. It will also return the tiles displayed in the viewer when you browse an image with its dependencies (For example see IIP Image Server). It is developed in Grails.
  • The Cytomine-Web-UI component is our supported front-end. It is a Web User Interface developed in VueJS. It is every graphic component that you can see into your Cytomine browser navigation.
  • The external clients (currently Javascript, Python and Java). As Cytomine is a RESTful platform, it is possible to interact with a Cytomine instance with HTTP requests and without using a graphical interface. Clients are libraries developed to help you to integrate interactions with Cytomine in your scripts or your applications. As we know, the Java client is mostly used for integration in other applications, the Python client is used for IA researchers and scripting and the Javascript client is used to build Web User Interface.


The main componant are on the following architecture graph where the black lines are HTTP requests and blue line are requests through a socket :

Archisys