MetaboAnalyst Roadmap:

Version Key Feature Details
1.0 Statistics Focused on data processing, normalization and statistical analysis of metabolomics data;
2.0 Functions Incorporated metabolite set enrichment analysis (MSEA) and metabolic pathway analysis, as well as advanced two-factor and time-series analyses.
3.0 Performance Completely updated the underlying web framework for improved performance, with support for biomarker analysis, power analysis, and joint-pathway analysis.
4.0 Integration Completely revamped web interface, with three new modules (MS Peaks to Pathways, Biomarker Meta-analysis, and Network Explorer), together with a companion R package (MetaboAnalystR)

MetaboAnalyst is currently updated and maintained by Xia Lab at McGill Univeristy.


MetaboAnalyst was implemented using PrimeFaces library (v6.1) based on the JavaServer Faces Technology. The majority of the backend computations and visualization are carried out by over 600 functions written in R (v3.4.3). The communication between Java and R is established through TCP/IP using the Rserve program.

Software License:

"This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the 
GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of 
the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without 
even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details."

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