Containers schemas describe any type of container (ex. cryovials, eppendorf tubes, and etc.) that directly houses the biological entity/compound. This schema usually gets nested inside the a Box schema.

Configure a Container Schema

  • Navigate to the Container Schemas tab in the registry settings.
  • Define a new container type by selecting the Create button in the top right corner of the page.
  • For each container type, specify a name, prefix, and any additional metadata fields the container should track.
  • Note: Benchling will track the contents, volume, concentration, and location fields of the entity/batch in the container - this data is tied to the container itself.


If it is not important to you to track which types of containers your samples are being tracked in, we recommend sticking to a smaller number of container schemas.  Many customers are successful with just one "Tube" Schema with no fields.

Container fields such as Volume and Concentration are already configured by default.  We don't recommend adding other container fields unless you think it will be necessary for your organization, since users will be prompted to fill those fields in and it adds another layer of complexity to your configuration.

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