Getting the SBL

Two options are offered to get the SBL: cloning the project (Git) , or downloading the archives of the releases.

Cloning the Git repository

In the sequel, acquaintance with Git is assumed. See e.g. the following resources to start using Git:

Cloning the Git repository consists in creating on one’s machine a local repository of the SBL, synchronyzed with the remote repository on this server–which is in read-only mode. Then, one can update his/her local repository by pulling the changes from the remote repository. Because this latter repository is read-only, no one can push his/her changes, though.

This method allows one to work with the SBL without any installation, and is especially simple since a unique command triggers an update.

Please visite the page Cloning the SBL for instructions on how to clone the sbl git repository.

Downloading tar archives

Tarballs of stable versions are available from Downloads. One archive is produced for each minor and major revision:

  • a minor revision includes new packages that complement those already existing,
  • a major revision includes a new group of applications concerning a new biological context.

Note that patches triggered by users’ requests are not included in those archives, which only correspond to stable versions of the library. To benefit from them, clone the Git repository as indicated above.


The SBL is under an open-source like license for research and academics. Please read carefully the license before any use of the library.