Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

genomeview – an extensible python-based genomics visualization engine



Noah Spies, Justin Zook, Marc L. Salit, Arend Sidow


Visual inspection and analysis is integral to quality control, hypothesis generation, methods development and validation of genomic data. The richness and complexity of genomic data necessitates customized visualizations highlighting specific features of interest while hiding the often vast tide of irrelevant attributes. However, the majority of genome-visualization occurs either in general-purpose tools such as IGV (Robinson et al, 2011) or the UCSC Genome Browser (Kent et al, 2002) – which offer many options to adjust visualization parameters, but very little in the way of extensibility – or narrowly-focused tools aiming to solve a single visualization problem. Here, we present genomeview, a python-based visualization engine which is easy to extend and simple to integrate into existing analysis pipelines.


genomics, visualization, DNA sequencing, human genome


Spies, N. , Zook, J. , Salit, M. and Sidow, A. (2019), genomeview – an extensible python-based genomics visualization engine, biorxiv, [online],, (Accessed June 20, 2024)


If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact

Created June 26, 2019, Updated October 19, 2023