The CLC Main Workbench provides a framework for creating, distributing, installing and running workflows. A workflow consists of a series of connected tools where the output of one tool is used as input for another tool. Once the workflow is set up, it can be installed (either in your own Workbench or it can be shared with colleagues and installed on a server). In that way it becomes possible to analyze lots of samples using the same standard pipeline, the same reference data and the same parameters.

This chapter will first explain how to create a new workflow, and next go into details about the installation and execution of a workflow.

Note that the examples below are using tools from the CLC Genomics Workbench that are not necessarily available in the CLC Main Workbench. But the principles and workflow framework can be used in the same way with tools from CLC Main Workbench.