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Python API for reading binary data files created with the Goby next-gen data management framework.

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This directory contains the Python API for reading binary data files created using the Goby next-gen data management framework.

Normally, this directory comes as part of the complete Goby package, available from:

The complete package includes the Java source code. If you downloaded this package from PyPI or some other Python-specific source, you may have received only the Python part of the code.

Development Warning

The Goby Python libraries are not as mature as the Java implementation. It may be more buggy and is not intended to provide the complete set of features that are found in the Java version.


  1. Make sure you have Python 2.5 or newer. If in doubt, run:

    $ python -V

  2. Download and install the prerequisite python packages:

  1. Protocol Buffers

    Available from or PyPI

  2. pyjavaproperties - Python replacement for java.util.Properties

    Available from

  1. Install the Goby package:

    $ python install

    This step may require superuser privileges.


Example scripts are provided to demonstrate how to access the content of Goby files in Python.

  • Here is how to scan a Goby alignment file: basename

(The files basename.entries and basename.header must exit.)

  • The next command will print the content of an alignment file as text: basename

  • The next command will convert a compact reads file to fasta format: file.compact-reads

  • The next command will print statistics about the content of a compact reads file: file.compact-reads


The complete documentation for Goby is available online at:

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