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You do not need to install anything to try the interactive visualization of AliTV. Just navigate to the demo page to try all the features on an example dataset (seven chloroplast genomes). You can also import your own json files on that page. When loading your own data into AliTV it is not transferred to a server but remains on your local machine.

If you want to generate the json file for your genomes you can use the command line script as follows:

# Install perl dependencies e.g. with cpan, cpanm or package manager (example: apt)
# apt install libyaml-perl libhash-merge-perl bioperl
git clone --recursive

Usage can be called directly on your input files or in advanced mode supplying a yaml configuration file. The output is a json object as required by the visualization part of AliTV (see details) in the file <project>.json (project can be set via command line parameter, otherwise a random name is generated). For more details about please see the documentation.

Simple mode: Just supply your files and redirect to json file

cd AliTV-perl-interface
perl bin/ --project simple data/chloroset/*.fasta

Advanced mode: Supply a config yaml file

cd AliTV-perl-interface
perl bin/ --project advanced data/chloroset/input.yml


Input for the simple mode should be in one of the Bioperl supported formats (currently 42 different). Annotation files can be supplied in tsv format (have to be specified in the yml file, example file for ndh genes). Documentation for the yaml file is soon to be added for now consult this example file for usage information.


By default, AliTV generates a configuration file (yaml format) if none is supplied, a log file and a json string on standard out. The json can then be visualized with AliTV on the demo page or locally in d3/AliTV.html. The format of the json file is specified in the [source documentation]( relevant members are “conf”, “data”, and “filters”.


For further information visit the homepage.

Citing AliTV

An article about AliTV has been published in PeerJ Computer Science Please cite this article if you use AliTV in your project. Additionally the software in any specific version can be cited via its zenodo doi, latest:

Please also cite:

  • lastz
  • bioperl


If you have any questions or encounter problems or potential bugs, don’t hesitate to contact us. Either report issues on github or write an email to:

  • Markus Ankenbrand -


AliTV itself is available under MIT license. The licenses of included libraries might differ, please see LICENSES/ for details.


Repo Status Inactive – The project has reached a stable, usable state but is no longer being actively developed; support/maintenance will be provided as time allows.


Next release

  • Fix karyo shift error with big number of genomes
  • Fix link length filter (#146)
  • Add CITATION.cff
  • Add repo status badge

1.0.6 <2018-06-08>

  • Update AliTV-perl-interface to v1.0.6

1.0.5 <2018-05-15>

  • Add experimental auto-ordering
  • Fix context menu bug

1.0.4 <2018-01-05>

  • Use karyo names rather than ids in web interface
  • Add google analytics to collect usage stats (with opt-out possibility)

1.0.3 <2017-06-16>

  • Fix split feature bug (#131)
  • Add citation info

1.0.2 <2017-04-25>

  • Add documentation of perl part (rtd)
  • Add demo sets bacteria, chromosomes
  • Fix svg namespace (#116)
  • Remove genome color gradient from chloro demo
  • Include perl part version 1.0.2

1.0.1 <2017-04-20 Do>

  • Include perl part version 1.0.1

1.0.0 <2017-04-13 Do>

  • Include perl part version 1.0.0

0.4.1 <2016-08-05 Fr>

  • Fix corner cases for move chromosome left/right
  • Fix corner cases for move genome up/down
  • Add linkOpacity setting (#104)
  • Remove circular from headline (#102)
  • Fix special characters in id bug (#108)
  • Add feature labels
  • Update perl part to version 0.1.7

0.4.0 <2016-06-18 Sa>

  • Include new perl interface
  • Update documentation

0.3.9 <2016-06-09 Do>

  • Move to AliTVTeam organization

0.3.8 <2016-06-06 Mo>

  • Update bootstrap-select to version 1.10.0
  • Update colorpicker to version 2.3.2
  • Update bootstrap to version 3.3.6
  • Update jQuery-UI to version 1.11.4
  • Update jQuery to version 2.2.4
  • Update d3.js to version 3.5.17

0.3.7 <2016-06-02 Do>

  • Improve general layout and style
  • Improve tab structure of Advanced Settings (#89)
  • Fix getter/setter for shifting chromosomes (#91)
  • Display name and genome of a seq (#96)

0.3.6 <2015-11-02 Mo>

  • Highlight active slider range (#84)
  • Update slider range (#85)
  • Fix feature hiding bug (#87)
  • Fix tree drawing bug (#88)

0.3.5 <2015-09-24 Do>

  • Add version number to html page
  • Auto adjust tree representation when reordering genomes
  • Warn if tree is not concordant with genome order
  • Legend for biological feature types
  • Color scale for link identity

0.3.4 <2015-09-16 Mi>

  • Add custom features via the interface

0.3.3 <2015-09-11 Fr>

  • Bug fix in template

0.3.2 <2015-09-11 Fr>

  • rotation of circular sequences
  • dynamic (biological) feature menus
  • code cleanup

0.3.1 <2015-08-13 Do>

  • Strand specific features
  • Reset for genome zooming
  • Libraries for contextMenu are update with
  • Fix #52: allow hiding of features with non-unique names
  • Add new alerts and error messages

0.3 <2015-07-31 Fr>

  • Show selected genome regions (independent)
  • Horizontal scroll bar
  • Add complete tab structure for the interface
  • Add context menus for chromosomes, features and links
  • Allow reordering of genomes and chromosomes by using the context menus
  • Allow specific hiding of features, links and chromosomes

0.2.1 <2015-07-16 Do>

  • Added MIT License
  • Included License information for third party libraries

0.2.0 <2015-07-16 Do>

  • allow for input as tsv and bed files as alternative to fasta files
  • demo data added - seven chloroplast genomes
  • documentation added
  • test cases added
  • added interactive JavaScript output
  • renamed to Alignment Toolbox and Visualization (AliTV)

0.1.0 <2015-01-31 Sa>

  • First release of the wgaPipeline code.
  • Automated whole genome alignment and circos visualization from two fasta files.