About IGV

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The Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV) is a high-performance, easy-to-use, interactive tool for the visual exploration of genomic data. It supports flexible integration of all the common types of genomic data and metadata, investigator-generated or publicly available, loaded from local or cloud sources.

IGV is available in multiple forms, including:

This site is focused on the IGV desktop application. See https://igv.org for links to all forms of IGV.

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Usage license and source code#

IGV is completely open for anyone to use under an MIT open-source license.

The source code repository for the IGV desktop application is hosted on GitHub at https://github.com/igvteam/igv.

Citing IGV#

To cite your use of IGV in your publication, please reference one or more of:

James T. Robinson, Helga Thorvaldsdóttir, Wendy Winckler, Mitchell Guttman, Eric S. Lander, Gad Getz, Jill P.Mesirov.
Integrative Genomics Viewer. Nature Biotechnology 29, 24–26 (2011). (Free PMC article here).

Helga Thorvaldsdóttir, James T. Robinson, Jill P. Mesirov.
Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV): high-performance genomics data visualization and exploration. Briefings in Bioinformatics 14, 178-192 (2013) .

James T. Robinson, Helga Thorvaldsdóttir, Aaron M. Wenger, Ahmet Zehir, Jill P. Mesirov.
Variant Review with the Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV) . Cancer Research 77(21) 31-34 (2017).

James T. Robinson, Helga Thorvaldsdóttir, Douglass Turner, Jill P. Mesirov.
igv.js: an embeddable JavaScript implementation of the Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV), Bioinformatics, 39(1) (2023), btac830.


Development of IGV has been supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, the Informatics Technology for Cancer Reserarch (ITCR) of the NCI, and the Starr Cancer Consortium.

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