Indigo ELN

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Indigo ELN
Developer(s) EPAM Systems, Inc.
Initial release September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26) (1.0)[1]
Stable release

2.0  (July 23, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-07-23))

Preview release none [±]
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) GNU General Public License v3.0

Indigo ELN is an open-source electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) that "allows scientists to prepare, plan, and analyze experiments, access relevant information, and develop new methods in the areas of synthetic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and process chemistry."[2]

Product history

According to the original developer GGA Software Services, the Indigo ELN is based off of pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc.'s internal chemistry electronic lab notebook "CeN." The software was developed within Pfizer via a license to GGA of the software code, with the objective "to create and deliver an external, open-source version of CeN Chemistry Electronic Lab Notebook."[3] GGA stated the license allowed them to create and use derivative works of CeN as well as share it and support it with the open-source community.[3]

In July 2011, GGA Software was contributing ELN query service definitions to the not-for-profit Pistoia Alliance, which strives to lower the barriers to research and development innovation. The end goal for those ELN definitions was to create "a uniform industry standard by which scientists can acquire and consolidate experimental, analytical, and structural data from different ELN sources."[4] At some point GGA Software was approached by Pfizer to begin applying similar ELN expertise to its CeN software, with the goal of making it open-source. GGA had also already been developing its own "Indigo" organic chemistry toolkit for internal use (which eventually went open-source)[5], and the company presumably used that toolkit during its work on Indigo ELN.

Version 1.0 of Indigo ELN was eventually released to the public on September 26, 2012.[1] Version 1.1 of the software arrived on February 5, 2013, adding integration with the open-source chemical structure editor Ketcher.[6]

On June 6, 2014, software developer EPAM Systems, Inc. announced it had acquired GGA Software Services, LLC and with it Indigo ELN.[7] Indigo remained open-source; however, EPAM chose to require the submission of personal information in order to download the software.

Indigo skipped to version 1.1.3 in December 2014, which extended database support and received an updated JBOSS 7.1.1 application server.[6]


Features of Indigo ELN include[2]:

  • experiment management
  • compliance and security
  • document management
  • reporting
  • offline access
  • query tools
  • automatic batch management
  • analytical data management

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for Indigo ELN include:

Reference the installation guide (PDF) for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • Indigo ELN documentation can be found here.

Entities using Indigo ELN

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "GGA Software Services Offers Open-Source Version of Leading Pharmaceutical Company's Chemistry ELN to the Scientific Community". GGA Software Services, LLC. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 03 December 2012. Retrieved 01 April 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Indigo ELN: The Open-Source Chemistry Electronic Lab Notebook". EPAM Systems, Inc. Retrieved 01 April 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Indigo ELN 1.0 - Indigo ELN Installation Guide" (PDF). GGA Software Services, LLC. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 01 April 2015. 
  4. "GGA Software Services Delivers Electronic Laboratory Notebook Data Query Service Definition to Pistoia Alliance". Presswire, Ltd. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  5. "GGA Software Services Releases New Version of its Indigo Open-Source Chemistry Toolkit". GGA Software Services, LLC. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 03 December 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Indigo ELN Changelog". EPAM Systems, Inc. Retrieved 01 April 2015. 
  7. "EPAM Acquires GGA Software Services, Expands Healthcare & Life Sciences Service Offering". EPAM Systems, Inc. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 01 April 2014.