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Lab Management Software


Badger (formerly CORAL) is the suite of software tools used to run tools within our service center.

Some of the key featured uses of this software are:

  • To insure that only people who are trained and qualified to use a particular piece of equipment have access to it.
  • To track equipment usage by individual lab members and thus generate bill accounts accordingly.
  • To allow lab members to reserve equipment so that equipment use may be allocated in an efficient manner.
  • To communicate both equipment and process problems to other lab members and staff.

Each lab member is assigned a Badger computer account. This allows you to "enable" those tools in the lab, which you have been trained and qualified to use. "Enabling" activates a piece of equipment and starts the clock for tracking your lab fees; thus, your Badger account is linked to your billing information. Each lab member is required to have his or her own Bader computer account, even if several lab members are working on the same project and fees are charged to the same billing account. In addition, a single individual working on several projects charged to different billing accounts might have several projects linked to his/her Badger computer account.

Note: as in any other networked environment, you are expected to be a responsible user. You may use only your own individual account and access privileges; do not share your account name and password with anyone.


Installing Badger

To install Badger on your computer, follow these steps:

  • Pre-Installation:
    • Before proceeding, make sure that your Access Form was approved and that you have a valid PTA
    • Install Java Runtime Environment:
      • MAC Installation
        • Note, this requires Java for MacOS 10.6 and higher.
  • Badger Installation
    • You must either be on the Stanford campus network or use the Stanford VPN to run the Badger application. Information on using the VPN can be found here.
    • Open a browser on the machine that you run Badger from and have completed the installation of the Java Runtime Environment.
    • Navigate to:
    • This should download the Badger file and once complete run the Badger application.
      • Notes:
        • You will most likely see warnings about the certificate that you need to click OK to complete the installation.
        • Some browsers seem to hide the downloaded coral.jnlp file. If the application doesn't start after clicking on the link above, make sure to look in your download folder for the coral.jnlp file. Double click on it to run the application.

Running Badger for the first time

To start the Badger application:

  • Use the "New Member?" button on the login screen to complete the application. You must have a valid PTA to complete the application. Please make sure to check out the instructions on required fields.
  • Make sure to enter your information as submitted on the Access Authorization Form.
  • You will receive a confirming e-mail once staff have approved your online application of the Badger account.
  • Once complete, check out the equipment pages for training requirements and qualifications on the equipment.
  • You must have completed the appropriate forms, and training before you can be qualified by staff to use the equipment.


Any issues or comments regarding the Badger system can be sent to