Circular genome visualization and exploration using CGView

Bioinformatics. 2005 Feb 15;21(4):537-9. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bti054. Epub 2004 Oct 12.


CGView (Circular Genome Viewer) is a Java application and library for generating high-quality, zoomable maps of circular genomes. It converts XML or tab-delimited input into a graphical map (PNG, JPG or Scalable Vector Graphics format), complete with sequence features, labels, legends and footnotes. In addition to the default full view map, the program can generate a series of hyperlinked maps showing expanded views. The linked maps can be explored using any Web browser, allowing rapid genome browsing and facilitating data sharing.

Availability: CGView (the standalone application, library or applet), sample input, sample maps and documentation can be obtained from


Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Computer Graphics*
  • Database Management Systems
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
  • Programming Languages*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface*