Entrez Direct (EDirect) is an advanced method for accessing the NCBI’s set of interconnected databases (publication, sequence, structure, gene, variation, expression, etc.) from a UNIX terminal window. Functions take search terms from command-line arguments. Individual operations are combined to build multi-step queries. Record retrieval and formatting normally complete the process.
With an activated Bioconda channel (see 2. Set up channels), install with:
conda install entrez-direct
and update with:
conda update entrez-direct
A Docker container is available at https://quay.io/repository/biocontainers/entrez-direct.