OntoPortal Administration Documentation

Copying external ontologies

If you want to migrate publicly visible ontologies from BioPortal or previous NCBO Virtual Appliance versions into a new Appliance, you can do so via a script.

The programmatic migrations are not officially supported, but the Appliance distribution includes a script that can be used to import ontologies.

Go to


in your Virtual Appliance to view this script. You will need to modify the variables SOURCE_API, SOURCE_APIKEY and ONTOLOGIES_TO_IMPORT variables.