g ASCIIGenome on Biowulf & Helix
Biowulf High Performance Computing at the NIH
ASCIIGenome on Biowulf & Helix


ASCIIGenome is a text-only command line genome browser. It has an interactive and a batch mode; can read many common genomic data formats (bam, bigWig, bigBed, bed, gtf/gff, tdf, vcf, narrowPeak, ...); can export to text and pdf files; ...

There may be multiple versions of ASCIIGenome available. An easy way of selecting the version is to use modules. To see the modules available, type

module avail asciigenome 

To select a module use

module load asciigenome/[version]

where [version] is the version of choice.

Environment variables set


Interactive job on Biowulf

Allocate an interactive session with sinteractive

biowulf$ sinteractive --mem=5g
node$ module load asciigenome
node$ asciigenome -m4 -g mm9 *.bigWig

Here is a very brief demo of ASCIIGenome looking at some CTCF ChIP-Seq data: