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Integrative Genome Viewer (IGV)

The Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV) is a high-performance, easy-to-use, interactive tool for the visual exploration of genomic data created by the Broad Institute. Due to its wide use in genomics, we have made verion 2.11.9 of this tool available within the Research Environment.

Reference genome files

Reference genomes and gene annotation for GRCh38/hg38 and GRCh37/hg19 have been pre-loaded in IGV. You can easily access these by selecting the assembly at the top left.

These were manually loaded into Genomics England, and are not the genome files normally accessed by IGV, as the site has not been whitelisted within the RE. The files are identical and can be used in the same way. However, this will result in an error message when you load IGV - you can just dismiss this.

Load your data

You can load genomic data from Genomics England to view in IGV. You can select File -> Load from file to click through to the file location. However, it is usually easier to select File -> Load from URL and paste in the file location, such as those you can find in the genome_file_paths_and_types table in LabKey.

View full IGV documentation from the Broad

Last update: November 27, 2023