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Document and Entity Information

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6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2016
Jul. 31, 2016
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Trading Symbol CBAY  
Entity Registrant Name CYMABAY THERAPEUTICS, INC.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001042074  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   23,447,003