Terra's mission is to help accelerate your research by integrating data, analysis tools, and built-in security components to deliver frictionless research flows from data to results.
Join our community and see how a cloud-native platform - built by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Data Sciences Platform and Verily Life Sciences - can transform the way you do bioinformatics research.
1. Register your Terra account
To get started with Terra, you'll first need to register. Account registration is free, and all that's required is a Google account. This could be a Gmail account, an institutional or G Suite email, or an account associated with a non-Google address. Sign-in with your Google account from the drop-down menu found in the top-left corner of the Terra site to register.
Once you enter your log-in details and accept the Terms of Service, you will have registered on Terra! You are are now able to browse all of the sections of the site. When you are ready to start working in Terra, you'll need to get billing set up, but we'll get to that in a moment.
2. Explore Showcase & Tutorial workspaces
The workspace is the fundamental working unit in Terra - one place that contains all the components for a research project - where you can organize and share data and tools, and run analyses. Showcase & Tutorial workspaces are reproducible, curated template workspaces for a variety of use-cases - an excellent place to start getting a sense of what you can do on the platform.
We recommend all new users start to get familiar with Terra by browsing our collection of Showcase & Tutorial workspaces.
These workspaces are currently organized into two categories: "GATK4 example workspaces" and "Featured workspaces." The GATK4 workspaces are extremely useful if you are using the Genome Analysis Toolkit and want to try out the GATK4 Best Practices workflows without having to do a lot of work up front. Featured workspaces run the gamut from primer and tutorial workspaces (including a our highly-recommended Terra Quickstart and Jupyter Notebooks 101 workspaces, and a Hail tutorial), to analysis-focused, dataset-focused, and workflow-focused workspaces.
3. Try Terra at no cost with our free credits program
In order to start working in Terra - create or clone a new workspace, process data with workflows or analyze data in notebooks - you must have access to at least one Terra Billing Project. The free credits program (a trial Billing Project) gives newcomers to the platform an opportunity to try out Terra at no cost. To access free credits, complete the initial registration, log in, click the "Sign up for free credits" link in the Terra drop-down menu, and accept the Terms and Conditions. We've curated some FAQs about free credits to answer more of your questions about the program.
Congratulations! You are now ready to start working in Terra. Read on in the next article in this Quickstart section for more about what kinds of analysis you can do with Terra.