About IGV

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 documentation site is focused on the IGV-Web app. See https://igv.org for links to all forms of IGV.

About IGV-Web#

IGV-Web is a web application for exploring genomic datasets. Data can be loaded directly from a user’s local file system, or via URL from web servers and cloud providers. The application runs only in the web browser and no data is ever uploaded to the host site.

IGV-Web is implemented using igv.js, our JavaScript component that allows developers to embed an IGV viewer into web pages and apps.

The IGV team hosts an instance of IGV-Web at https://igv.org/app. To see how to install and configure your own instance of IGV-Web, see the section on Hosting IGV-Web.

IGV website#

The general IGV website can be found at https://igv.org.

Usage license and source code#

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

The source code repositories for all forms of IGV are hosted on GitHub at https://github.com/igvteam. The IGV-Web app repository is hosted at https://github.com/igvteam/igv-webapp

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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