py2cytoscape: View API Examples


This is a sample Jupyter Notebook to demonstrate how users can manipulate Cytoscape network views directly from Python code.

What are the differences between Style API and View API?

py2cytoscpae already has the Style API to create and update Visual Styles. There are different use cases for these two APIs:

Style API

  • Standard way to create Cytoscape visualizations
  • Creates Visual Stye - can be applied to any networks

Use cases

  • Data-driven visualizations - Control views with attribute values

View API

  • Directly updates current view objects (independent from Styles).

Use Cases

  • Create your own layout algorithms
  • Create annimations

Basic Setup

  • Import required packages
  • Load a network(s)
In [1]:
from import CyNetwork
from import CyRestClient

import pandas as pd
import json

# Create REST client for Cytoscape
cy = CyRestClient()

# Reset current session for fresh start

# Load a sample network
network1 ='')

# You can check all available Visual Properties with this function call:
vps = pd.Series(
DING_RENDERING_ENGINE_ROOT            Ding Rndering Engine Root Visual Property
EDGE                                                       Edge Visual Property
EDGE_BEND                                                             Edge Bend
EDGE_CURVED                                                         Edge Curved
EDGE_LABEL                                                           Edge Label
EDGE_LABEL_COLOR                                               Edge Label Color
EDGE_LABEL_FONT_FACE                                       Edge Label Font Face
EDGE_LABEL_FONT_SIZE                                       Edge Label Font Size
EDGE_LABEL_TRANSPARENCY                                 Edge Label Transparency
EDGE_LINE_TYPE                                                   Edge Line Type
EDGE_PAINT                                                           Edge Paint
EDGE_SELECTED                                                     Edge Selected
EDGE_SELECTED_PAINT                                       Edge Color (Selected)
EDGE_SOURCE_ARROW_SELECTED_PAINT               Edge Source Arrow Selected Paint
EDGE_SOURCE_ARROW_SHAPE                                 Edge Source Arrow Shape
EDGE_SOURCE_ARROW_UNSELECTED_PAINT           Edge Source Arrow Unselected Paint
EDGE_STROKE_SELECTED_PAINT                         Edge Stroke Color (Selected)
EDGE_STROKE_UNSELECTED_PAINT                     Edge Stroke Color (Unselected)
EDGE_TARGET_ARROW_SELECTED_PAINT               Edge Target Arrow Selected Paint
EDGE_TARGET_ARROW_SHAPE                                 Edge Target Arrow Shape
dtype: object

Get Network View Object

There are twol options to get current views from Cytoscape:

  • Get as CyNetworkView custom Python object
  • Get as Cytoscape.js JSON dictionary

1: Get as CyNetworkView

CyNetworkView is a reference to a network view in your current Cytoscape session. This means CyNetworkView objects do not include actual data, such as node size or edge stroke colors. Instead, they hold a location of the data and create actual REST calls when you execute get/update methods for nodes and edges.

In [2]:
# Get views for a network: Cytoscape "may" have multiple views, and that's why it returns list instead of an object.
view_id_list = network1.get_views() 

# Display IDs of available views

# The "format" option specify the return type.
view1 = network1.get_view(view_id_list[0], format='view')

# This is a CyNetworkView object, not dictionary
< object at 0x10f30f710>

2: Get as Cytoscape.js JSON Dictionary

If you prefer standard Python objects, you can use 'json' option to get Cytoscape network as Cytoscape.js style JSON. This is a network plus (x, y) locations. it DOES NOT includes any other view information.

In [3]:
view2 = network1.get_view(view_id_list[0], format='json')

Access Node / Edge View Objects from CyNetworkView

Once you have CyNetworkView object, you have access to all Visual Properties for nodes, edges, and the network.

In [4]:
# Get node/edge views as a Python dictionary
node_views_dict = view1.get_node_views_as_dict() 
edge_views_dict = view1.get_edge_views_as_dict() 

#print(json.dumps(node_views_dict, indent=4))
#print(json.dumps(edge_views_dict, indent=4))

Convert to Pandas Data Frame

Since it's a simple dictionary, you can easily convert it into Data Frame.

In [5]:
# Convert it into Pandas DataFrame
nv_df = pd.DataFrame.from_dict(node_views_dict, orient='index' )

# Extract specific Visual Property values...
node_location_df = nv_df[['NODE_X_LOCATION', 'NODE_Y_LOCATION']]
22924 -680 100
22925 -680 -300
22927 -120 -140
22928 -360 340
22930 -600 -20
In [15]:
# Get views as NodeView/EdgeView objects
node_views = view1.get_node_views()

# Pick the first node view object
nv1 = node_views[0]

# Get details about the node
nv1_values = nv1.get_values()

# Convert to Data Frame
single_node_df = pd.DataFrame.from_dict(nv1_values, orient='index')
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_9 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_8 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_5 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_4 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_6 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_1 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_3 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_2 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
NODE_CUSTOMGRAPHICS_7 org.cytoscape.ding.customgraphics.NullCustomGr...
In [16]:
# Access single value
nv1_color = nv1.get_value('NODE_FILL_COLOR')

Directly set Visual Property values

Setting values are also easy with py2cytoscape. All you have to do is creating a dictionary for the target nodes and edges.

Important: Performance

If you call get/set methods for single node/edge view, it actually calls Cytoscape REST API through HTTP. If you need to update hundreds or thousands of nodes/edges, I strongly recommend update multiple objects at once.

Example 1: Set random colors to nodes

In [53]:
# Switch current visual stye to a simple one...
minimal_style ='Minimal'), network=network1)

# Change background color:  simply pass key-value pair
view1.update_network_view(visual_property='NETWORK_BACKGROUND_PAINT', value='black')

# Get SUID of all nodes
target_nodes = network1.get_nodes()

# Generate random colors for each node
import random

def get_color():
    r = random.randint(0, 255)
    g = random.randint(0, 255)
    b = random.randint(0, 255)
    return '#' + hex(r)[2:] + hex(g)[2:] + hex(b)[2:]

# Assign key-value pair.  For this example, node SUID to color.
def generate_randome_color_dict(node_ids):
    new_values = {}
    for n in node_ids:
        new_values[n] = get_color()
    return new_values

new_values = generate_randome_color_dict(target_nodes)

# Set new values for a set of nodes.  In this case, all nodes in the network
view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_FILL_COLOR', values=new_values)

Now you can see something like this in the Cytoscape window. Let's embed the view as a static PNG image:

In [30]:
from IPython.display import Image

Example 2: Custom Layout - Draw Sine Wave with nodes

Creating a custom layout programmatically is easy with py2cytoscape:

In [50]:
import math
all_nodes = network1.get_nodes()

idx = 0
x_locations = {}
for n in all_nodes:
    x_locations[n] = idx*30
    idx += 1
idx = 0
y_locations = {}
for n in all_nodes:
    y_locations[n] = math.sin(idx/math.pi)*300
    idx += 1

view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_X_LOCATION', values=x_locations)
view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_Y_LOCATION', values=y_locations)


Extra: Animation

For small networks, cyREST is fast enough to emulate annimation. There are many ways to create animations, and here is a naive way to implement it:

In [60]:
def set_value(node_ids, val):
    new_values = {}
    for n in node_ids:
        new_values[n] = val
    return new_values

import math
import time
base_size = 30

for i in range(1,100):
    mult = i * 0.2
    view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_TRANSPARENCY', values=set_value(node_ids, 30+abs(math.sin(mult/math.pi)*255 )))
    view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_WIDTH', values=set_value(node_ids, base_size + math.sin(i/math.pi)*10 ))
    view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_HEIGHT', values=set_value(node_ids, base_size + math.sin(i/math.pi)*10 ))


You can optimize the code above for higher frame rate...

More Animations

In [66]:
from import NetworkUtil as util, network=network1)
cy.layout.apply(name='force-directed', network=network1)

name_map = util.name2suid(network1)
center_node = name_map['YMR043W'] 

# Chenge Center node view
view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_FILL_COLOR', values=set_value([center_node], 'yellow'))
view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_WIDTH', values=set_value([center_node], 60))
view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_HEIGHT', values=set_value([center_node], 60))

node_ids = network1.get_neighbours(center_node)
adj_edges = network1.get_adjacent_edges(center_node)

view1.update_edge_views(visual_property='EDGE_STROKE_UNSELECTED_PAINT', values=set_value(adj_edges, 'red'))
view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_FILL_COLOR', values=set_value(node_ids, 'red'))

base_size = 30
for i in range(1, 200):
    mult = i * 0.2
#     view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_TRANSPARENCY', values=set_value(node_ids, 30+abs(math.sin(mult/math.pi)*255 )))
    view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_WIDTH', values=set_value(node_ids, base_size + math.sin(i/math.pi)*10 ))
    view1.update_node_views(visual_property='NODE_HEIGHT', values=set_value(node_ids, base_size + math.sin(i/math.pi)*10 ))
    view1.update_edge_views(visual_property='EDGE_WIDTH', values=set_value(adj_edges, 3 + math.sin(i/math.pi)*2))


Sample Output (As GIF animation)

Batch update from Pandas DataFrame

You can use Data Frame to update network view. For this feature, you need to use SUID for the index of DataFrame object.

In [67]:
# Grab list of nodes and edges
node_suids = network1.get_nodes()
edge_suids = network1.get_edges()

# DataFrame for node views
df1 = pd.DataFrame(index=node_suids, 

counter = 0
base_size = 40
for index, row in df1.iterrows():
    row['NODE_FILL_COLOR'] = '#00FFaa'
    row['NODE_WIDTH'] = base_size + math.sin(counter/math.pi)*(-30)
    row['NODE_HEIGHT'] = base_size + math.sin(counter/math.pi)*(-30) 
    row['NODE_Y_LOCATION'] = math.sin(counter/math.pi)*200
    row['NODE_X_LOCATION'] = counter*20
    counter += 1

23614 #00FFaa 40 40 0 0
23612 #00FFaa 30.61115 30.61115 20 62.59236
23610 #00FFaa 22.16558 22.16558 40 118.8962
23606 #00FFaa 15.51181 15.51181 60 163.2546
23603 #00FFaa 11.31833 11.31833 80 191.2111
23600 #00FFaa 10.00646 10.00646 100 199.9569
23598 #00FFaa 11.708 11.708 120 188.6133
23596 #00FFaa 16.25199 16.25199 140 158.32
23592 #00FFaa 23.18192 23.18192 160 112.1206
23590 #00FFaa 31.80153 31.80153 180 54.65648
In [69]:
# DataFrame for edge views
df2 = pd.DataFrame(index=edge_suids, 
                  columns=['EDGE_WIDTH', 'EDGE_STROKE_UNSELECTED_PAINT'])

counter = 0
for index, row in df2.iterrows():
    row['EDGE_STROKE_UNSELECTED_PAINT'] = '#aaaaaa'
    row['EDGE_WIDTH'] = 2 + abs(math.sin(counter/math.pi)*5)
    counter += 1

23615 2 #aaaaaa
23613 3.564809 #aaaaaa
23607 4.972404 #aaaaaa
23605 6.081366 #aaaaaa
23604 6.780278 #aaaaaa
23602 6.998923 #aaaaaa
23601 6.715334 #aaaaaa
23599 5.958001 #aaaaaa
23597 4.803014 #aaaaaa
23581 3.366412 #aaaaaa
In [70]:
# Apply it!
In [72]:
In [76]:
from py2cytoscape.cytoscapejs import viewer as cyjs
cyjs.render(network1.get_first_view(), 'default2', background='#efefef')