ggseqlogo: a versatile R package for drawing sequence logos

Bioinformatics. 2017 Nov 15;33(22):3645-3647. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx469.


Summary: Sequence logos have become a crucial visualization method for studying underlying sequence patterns in the genome. Despite this, there remains a scarcity of software packages that provide the versatility often required for such visualizations. ggseqlogo is an R package built on the ggplot2 package that aims to address this issue. ggseqlogo offers native illustration of publication-ready DNA, RNA and protein sequence logos in a highly customizable fashion with features including multi-logo plots, qualitative and quantitative colour schemes, annotation of logos and integration with other plots. The package is intuitive to use and seamlessly integrates into R analysis pipelines.

Availability and implementation: ggseqlogo is released under the GNU licence and is freely available via CRAN-The Comprehensive R Archive Network A detailed tutorial can be found at


MeSH terms

  • Genomics / methods
  • Position-Specific Scoring Matrices*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein / methods
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA / methods
  • Software*