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Original author(s) Giulio Spinozzi
Developer(s) Giulio Spinozzi
Initial release March 20, 2014 (2014-03-20) (20140320)[1]

20140320 (modified)  (September 24, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-09-24))

Written in PL/SQL, Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) GNU General Public License v2.0

adLIMS was a free open-source laboratory information management system (LIMS) designed for PCR and next-generation sequencing labs. The software was an extension and customization of the ADempiere open-source enterprise resource planning (ERP) application.

Product history

adLIMS was created out of a need to better streamline the workflow and data that came out of high-throughput integration site monitoring at the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy. "Because of the huge amount of samples that we process every year, which result in hundreds of millions of sequencing reads," the developers claimed, "we need[ed] to standardize data management and tracking systems, building up a scalable and flexible structure with web-based interfaces..."[2] The team eventually settled on the free, open-source ADempiere ERP as a starting point because of its "high usability and modularity that grants high use-case flexibility and software scalability for custom solutions."[2] Lead developer Giulio Spinozzi created a SourceForge page for the finished product and uploaded the first version on March 20, 2014. A follow-up version (overwriting the original) arrived on September 24.[1]

As of May 2021, this project hasn't been updated for nearly seven years. The project is presumed abandoned or discontinued.


Features of adLIMS included:

  • sample management and tracking
  • experiment management
  • administration management
  • automated data entry
  • reporting
  • data backup
  • export to PDF, XLS, CSV, etc.
  • support for client-side interfaces

Hardware/software requirements

The following requirements existed for an installation of adLIMS:

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • A few screenshots could be found on the SourceForge website.

Entities using adLIMS

San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy

Further reading

External links

  • adLIMS can be found on SourceForge. However, use caution when downloading and installing from there; the install package may contain undesirable add-on software.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "adLIMS". SourceForge. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Calabria, Andrea; Spinozzi, Giulio; Benedicenti, Fabrizio; Tenderini, Erika; Montini, Eugenio (2015). "adLIMS: A customized open source software that allows bridging clinical and basic molecular research studies". BMC Bioinformatics 16 (Suppl 9): S5. doi:10.1186/1471-2105-16-S9-S5. PMC PMC4464029. PMID 26051409. Retrieved 15 December 2015.