SBML2L(A)T(E)X: conversion of SBML files into human-readable reports

Bioinformatics. 2009 Jun 1;25(11):1455-6. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btp170. Epub 2009 Mar 23.


Summary: The XML-based Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) has emerged as a standard for storage, communication and interchange of models in systems biology. As a machine-readable format XML is difficult for humans to read and understand. Many tools are available that visualize the reaction pathways stored in SBML files, but many components, e.g. unit declarations, complex kinetic equations or links to MIRIAM resources, are often not made visible in these diagrams. For a broader understanding of the models, support in scientific writing and error detection, a human-readable report of the complete model is needed. We present SBML2L(A)T(E)X, a Java-based stand-alone program to fill this gap. A convenient web service allows users to directly convert SBML to various formats, including DVI, L(A)T(E)X and PDF, and provides many settings for customization.

Availability: Source code, documentation and a web service are freely available at (

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Database Management Systems* / standards
  • Humans
  • Programming Languages
  • Software*
  • Systems Biology*
  • User-Computer Interface