SeaView version 4: A multiplatform graphical user interface for sequence alignment and phylogenetic tree building

Mol Biol Evol. 2010 Feb;27(2):221-4. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msp259. Epub 2009 Oct 23.


We present SeaView version 4, a multiplatform program designed to facilitate multiple alignment and phylogenetic tree building from molecular sequence data through the use of a graphical user interface. SeaView version 4 combines all the functions of the widely used programs SeaView (in its previous versions) and Phylo_win, and expands them by adding network access to sequence databases, alignment with arbitrary algorithm, maximum-likelihood tree building with PhyML, and display, printing, and copy-to-clipboard of rooted or unrooted, binary or multifurcating phylogenetic trees. In relation to the wide present offer of tools and algorithms for phylogenetic analyses, SeaView is especially useful for teaching and for occasional users of such software. SeaView is freely available at

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Computer Graphics*
  • Phylogeny*
  • Sequence Alignment / methods*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface