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Embeddable genomic visualization component based on the Integrative Genomics Viewer
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igv.js is an embeddable interactive genome visualization component developed by the Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV) team.

Below are examples and a quickstart guide.
See the Wiki for more documentation.



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igv.js consists of a single javascript file with no external dependencies. To link directly to the current release copy this snippet

<script src=""></script>

Pre-built files for ES5 (igv.min.js) and ES6 (igv.esm.min.js) can be downloaded from

Alternatively you can install with npm

npm install igv

and source the appropriate file for your module system (igv.min.js or igv.esm.min.js) in node_modules/igv/dist.

To use igv.js include it with a script tag

<script src="igv.min.js/>

or import it as a requirejs module

requirejs(['igv.min'], function (igv) {...} (see examples/igv-require.html)

or import it as an es6 module

import igv from 'igv.esm.min.js' (see examples/igv-esm.html)


To create an igv.js browser supply a container div and an initial configuration defining the reference genome, initial tracks, and other state to the function igv.createBrowser(div, config).

This function returns a promise for an igv.Browser object which can used to control the browser. For example, to open a browser on a single alignment track opened at a specific locus:

      var igvDiv = document.getElementById("igv-div");
      var options =
            genome: "hg38",
            locus: "chr8:127,736,588-127,739,371",
            tracks: [
                    "name": "HG00103",
                    "url": "",
                    "indexURL": "",
                    "format": "cram"

        igv.createBrowser(igvDiv, options)
                .then(function (browser) {
                    console.log("Created IGV browser");

For more details see the Wiki for full documentation of the API.



Building igv.js and running the examples require Linux or MacOS. Other Unix environments will probably work but have not been tested.

Windows users can use Windows Subsystem for Linux.


Building igv.js and running the examples requires node.js.

git clone
cd igv.js
npm install
npm run grunt

This creates a dist folder with the following files

  • igv.min.js - ES5 compatible UMDS file for script include, AMD, or CJS modules. A script include will define an "igv" global.
  • igv.esm.min.js -- ES6 module


To run the tests from the command line

    grunt test

To run the tests in a browser start an http-server

npm run http-server

Then open http://localhost:8080/test/runTests.html.


To run the examples start an http-server

npm run http-server

Then open http://localhost:8080/index.html.

Supported Browsers

igv-webapp and igv.js require a modern web browser with support for Javascript ECMAScript 2015. We test on the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge. Internet Explorer (IE) is not supported.


igv.js is MIT licensed.

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