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This project contains the source code for the Genetic Code Analysis Toolkit (GCAT) project. Please refer to the public homepage and the project homepage for more information.


GCAT is available for Windows (7, 8, 10), MacOS and Linux. Please download the latest release from the project homepage. It requires Java version 8 (or higher) installed on your machine. Invoke GCAT by

  • starting the JAR file, e.g. by double clicking it or running it in a terminal from the command line
    java -jar gcat.jar
  • running the EXE file (specifically for Windows).

MacOS security prompt

Depending on your security settings, you might be prompted and unable to execute the tool on MacOS. Applications downloaded from the internet are generally blocked, if not downloaded from the Apple App Store. To execute the GCAT on Mac, please visit the following knowledge base article of Apple or execute the tool by calling it from the command line in a terminal:

java -jar gcat.jar


Core program with user interface

GCAT opens a graphical user interface that enables to work with it in an interactive mode.

Command line batch processor

In addition to the graphical user interface, the toolkit also offers a command line batch processing component. With the command line processor any arbitrary long list of sequences can be processed, following the rules of a script, which can be easily created using the built in Batch Tool.

Use the following command to execute the command line processor:

java -cp gcat.jar bio.gcat.batch.Batch [-h] [-v] [-vv] [-vvv] scriptfile sequencefile

Building GCAT

GCAT uses Maven as the build system. Everything is configured in pom.xml.

Copyright and license

Code and documentation copyright 2014-2017 Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. Code released under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

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