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How do I install the API?

You can either check it out using CVS (Concurrent Versioning System) or download the files from our FTP site or CVS website. See the instructions. It is important to use the same version of the API as the database you would like to interrogate. The API should be updated with each new release.

Note: If you download links with wget, make sure to escape the ampersands (&) in the URL, or specify the URL inside single quotes. Failing to do so means that the shell will truncate the Ensembl release number (branch tag) from the URL and instead the development (HEAD) version of the API will be downloaded.

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