Tripal Tutorial (v0.3.1b VM)

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This tutorial is intended to be used with the Virtual Machine Image that comes pre-installed with Drupal, Chado and Tripal, as well as several dependencies and Drupal modules.

You can download the Tripal virtual image from the Tripal website ( To use this virtual machine, you need to download and install the Oracle VirtualBox software at Follow these instructions for installing the Tripal v0.3.1b virtual machine:

Note:: The Tripal VM requires by default 2GB of RAM.

  • Download and then decompress the Tripal virtual machine in a location you will remember later.
  • Download and install the Oracle VirtualBox software.
  • After installing VirtualBox, open the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager program.
  • Click MachineAdd
  • A file dialogue box will appear. Use this to locate and select the Tripal virtual machine
  • A new virtual machine will be added titled 'Tripal-0.6x-0.3.1b-VM'. Click this virtual machine, and then click the Start arrow at the top of the VirtualBox Manager.
  • Log in using the credentials specified below.

When using the virtual machine, the usernames and passwords are as follows:

Ubuntu Login
  • Username: tripal
  • Password: tripaldemo
Drupal Administration
  • Username: administrator
  • Password: tripaldemo
PostgreSQL Login
  • Uername: tripal
  • Password: tripaldemo
  • Database: tripal_demo

This tutorial is the same as that for the full tutorial for Tripal v0.3.1b but we can skip large sections as the VM has already been prepared. For this tutorial, follow these steps:

Step 1
The virtual machine comes pre-installed with the Apache webserver, PostgreSQL database server, Drupal, Tripal and Chado. It is not necessary to perform these tasks, but it recommend to review these steps for familiarity. You can find the full tutorial here: At a minimum, please review from the point that Tripal is installed:
Step 2
Peform the "Theme Configuration" section of the tutorial at this link (only do this section):
Step 3
Start using Tripal by following all remaining sections of the tutorial from this point: