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Monday, November 25, 2013

Installing Tabix on UNIX

Tabix is an incredibly useful tool that indexes large .vcf files and makes it very efficient to find a particular genomic region in the file.  It is particularly useful for downloading small portions of files from publicly available ftp data repositories.  Here is a brief tutorial on how to install Tabix on a UNIX operating system.

(1) Go here to download the newest release.
(2) Extract the file:

(3) Compile the program by typing make on the UNIX command line.
(4) Export the path by adding the following line to your .bashrc file, saving your .bashrc file, and typing source on the UNIX command line.  Note: path_to_tabix is the directory where tabix is installed.

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