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JBrowse is a genome browser with a fully dynamic AJAX interface. JBrowse renders most tracks using client-side JavaScript, with JSON as its data transfer format. JBrowse is being developed as the official successor to GBrowse.


D. melanogaster

Demo screenshot from 2009/03/24, showing region of Drosophila melanogaster 2R.

Quick Start: Tutorial

The Getting Started with JBrowse Tutorial provides a basic step-by-step recipe for quickly getting up and running with JBrowse.


See Installing JBrowse on Mac OS X and Linux for step-by-step installation instructions.

Download JBrowse




Please direct questions and inquiries regarding JBrowse to the mailing lists below.

In particular, requests for help should be directed to gmod-ajax@lists.sourceforge.net.

Mailing List Link Description Archive(s)
JBrowse gmod-ajax JBrowse help and general questions. Nabble (2010/05+), Sourceforge
jbrowse-dev JBrowse development discussions. Nabble (2011/08+)

JBrowse Development

JBrowse is an open-source project, started and managed by the laboratory of Ian Holmes at the University of California, Berkeley.

The JBrowse source code is kept on GitHub. Please feel very free to fork the source code on GitHub and make modifications and improvements, submitting pull requests. GitHub has a very nice tutorial on how to get started with this style of development.

The lead developer of JBrowse is Robert Buels. Much of the code was originally written by Mitch Skinner.

Developer Communication

There is a mailing list for developers, and there is usually a teleconference on the 3rd Monday of the month at 2pm Pacific US time. We welcome participation from Please contact Ian Holmes if you want to participate in the call.


See also