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2. List of the main EMBL-EBI cookies

This is a list of the main cookies set by EMBL-EBI’s web pages, and what each is used for.

Cookie ID Description
__utma Survey/tracking information
__utmb Tracks length of visit/session
__utmc Tracks session expiration
__utmz Calculates search engine traffic
__uvt UserVoice support site
_surechembl-portal-application_session SureChEMBL site session data
admesarfaricookie ADME SARfari session data cookie
AeAppStateData Application state for ArrayExpress Experiment browser
AeLoggedUser User name for submitter/reviewer logins
AeLoginToken Login token for submitter/reviewer logins
AWSELB AWS load balancer stickiness
blast-options Configure blast as configured by the user
CGISESSID Biomart session tracking
chebi_view Struts
ci_session Sarfari session tracking
ClassicView Persists the user’s choice of website: classic or new.
config_matrix_tutorial Remember if ensembl configuration modal tutorial is enabled or disabled
crossreferences Framework (rails) state (open/closed) – expires with (session) window
DBtoolTip enable/disable db tips
DNT Do Not Track - Stops the four Urchin tracking cookies from being set
DokuWiki Dokuwiki session
DYNAMIC_WIDTH Remembers the best fit value for the ensembl image width
EBeyeUserId Session tracking
email Maintains email from client if provided
EMBL-WEBIN-ID WEBIN session tracking
ENSEMBL_AJAX If set allows the asynchronous load of the ensembl web pages
ENSEMBL_HINTS If set allows the display of the hints on the ensembl pages
ENSEMBL_IMAGE_WIDTH User configured width of the ensembl images
ENSEMBL_MOBILE Remember if user wants to view Ensembl mobile site
ENSEMBL_PRIVACY_POLICY User consent for anonymous browsing
ENSEMBL_REGION_PAN Remembers if drag-scrolling is selected in ensembl region image
ENSEMBL_SEARCH The currently selected search type (e.g. human, all species, ensembl genomes, Vega)
ENSEMBL_WIDTH Configures the width of the ensembl images
ENSEMBL_WWW_SESSION Remembers session settings
ENSEMBL_WWW_USER Remembers user if user logged in
gene_tree_highlighting Save highlighting state of ensembl gene tree
HIDE_MOBILE_MSG Remember if user has closed the ensembl banner that displays ‘switched to mobile version’
intact.cols.view Remember the table display of molecular interactions (columns)
intact.icons.show Remember the display of images
industry_access_token Used for access to the industry members area and associated downloads
industry_partner_token Used for access to the industry members area and associated downloads
industry_partner_uid Used for access to the industry members area and associated downloads
jobs stores the job ids of jobs that the user ran on uniprot.org as configured by the user
JSESSIONID user session management
lastSelectedOntology store the users’s last selected ontology when searching terms - session only
limit the number of result rows on a result of a search page as configured by the user
MOBILE_URL Remember the mobile URL in ensembl
Modal Position of modal window on screen
modal Remember details about the recently displayed ensembl modal
mp_super_properties UserVoice support site
MX-SESSION-COOKIE Miame Express session tracking
oam.Flash.REDIRECT Java server functionality
oam.Flash.RENDERMAP.TOKEN Java server functionality
oem.flash* Flash
password Xwiki
PathwayBrowserViews Stores the user’s preferred pathway browser
PHPSESSION PHPsession tracking
preferences spLock.pl (UniProt)
pride_session PRIDE session tracking
quickgo QuickGo session tracking
Redirect Allows you to visit mirror sites without being automatically redirected back to your nearest mirror
redirected_from_url Used to save the URL of the page that redirects you to the current Ensembl page
Rememberme Maven session tracking
sarfariadme ADME SARfari session cookie
sarfari_session Sarfari session tracking
sections-order stores the order in which sections are shown as configured by the user
SESS* Drupal session state tracking
structure Framework (rails) state (open/closed) – expires with (session) window
strudle_session Strudle session tracking
toggle_* Save the toggle state of a certain feature such as filtering options in ensembl
tmp_message_ok Remember if you have said OK after viewing the temporary message due to ensembl downtime
uniparc-columns Which columns to show on a /uniparc search result page as configured by the user
uniparc-view-columns Which columns to show on a /uniparc entry page as configured by the user
Uniprot-columns Which columns to show on a /uniprot search result page as configured by the user
uniprot-longColumns Stores which columns are shown in expanded mode on the /uniprot result page as configured by the user
Uniref-columns Which columns to show on a /uniref search result page as configured by the user
uniref-view-columns Which columns to show on a /uniref entry page as configured by the user
useful Framework (grails) state (useful)- expires with (session) window
User-UUID Identity of a user, used for the record of a user’s recent activities and collected articles, regardless of whether his/her session times out or not.
username Xwiki
uvts UserVoice support site
validation Xwiki
various Survey/tracking information
visitid Xwiki
wicket-modal-window-positions Used to remember the position of the pop-up windows for a user’s recent activities and collected articles
WINDOW_WIDTH Save the window size of ensembl
X-Mapping-* user session management

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