Find­ing your path through net­work complexity

This is the online doc­u­men­ta­tion of the Met­Ex­plore Web Ser­vice v1.2
This web ser­vice allows users of the Met­Ex­plore web­site to pro­gram­mat­i­cally access their data. This doc­u­men­ta­tion can be found in .txt for­mat, at http://​met​ex​plore​.toulouse​.inra​.fr:8080/​m​e​t​E​x​p​l​o​r​e​W​e​b​S​e​r​v​i​c​e​/​d​o​c

Met­Ex­plore web­ser­vice is built using a REST­ful archi­tec­ture. All results will be given in a Json Format.

Imple­mented Func­tion­al­i­ties:

Gen­eral Net­work Data:

Our Web­Ser­vice allows users to retrieve the com­plete list of the net­works pub­licly avail­able on Met­Ex­plore. the rest of our web ser­vice uses inter­nal iden­ti­fiers for biosources. In order to find the cor­re­spond­ing id for a spe­cific net­work, use the following


Spe­cific Net­work Data:

  • If you wish to find data on a sin­gle biosource throught our web ser­vice, use the following{YOURBIOSOURCEID}

Exam­ple: http://​met​ex​plore​.toulouse​.inra​.fr:8080/​m​e​t​E​x​p​l​o​r​e​W​e​b​S​e​r​v​i​c​e​/​b​i​o​s​o​u​r​c​e​s​/​1363

This will retrieve the spec­i­fied biosource from the pre­vi­ous list.

  • NEW: Retrieve the com­plete list of Bio enti­ties from a sin­gle net­work. The same syn­tax is used for each class of Bio entity{YOURBIOSOURCEID}/{Entity}

Accepted val­ues for the {Entity} para­me­ter are:

  • Com­part­ment
  • Pathway
  • Reaction
  • Metabolite
  • Enzyme
  • Protein
  • Gene

For exam­ple, use :


To retrieve the full list of metabo­lites of the pub­lic net­work 1363
, the Human metab­o­lism global recon­struc­tion Recon2.

  • NEW: Retrieve pre­cise data of a spe­cific entity in a par­tic­u­lar BioSource. This uses the unique id of the entity inside the scope of the net­work, it’s DBiden­ti­fier.
    The same syn­tax is used for each class of Bio entity:{YOURBIOSOURCEID}/{Entity}/{DBIdentifier}

Accepted val­ues for the {Entity} para­me­ter are:

  • Com­part­ment
  • Path­way
  • Reac­tion
  • Metabo­lite
  • Enzyme
  • Pro­tein
  • Gene

For exam­ple:


Will retrieve infor­ma­tion on the metabo­lite M_​Glc_​D_​c (D-​Glucose in this case) present in the pub­lic BioSource 1363, the Human metab­o­lism global recon­struc­tion, Recon2.

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