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Jupyter extension for embedding the genome visualation igv.js in a notebook

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NOTE - THIS PACKAGE IS DEPRECATED AND WILL NOT BE UPDATED. The package is now distributed as igv-jupyter.

igv Jupyter Extension


IGV is an extension for Jupyter Notebook which wraps igv.js. With this extension you can render igv.js in a cell and call its API from the notebook. The extension exposes a python API that mimics the igv.js Browser creation and control APIs. Dictionaries are used for browser and track configuration objects. Track data can be loaded from local or remote URLs, or supplied directly as lists of objects.



  • python >= 3.6.4
  • jupyter >= 4.2.0
pip install igv

# To install to configuration in your home directory
jupyter serverextension enable --py igv
jupyter nbextension install --py igv
jupyter nbextension enable --py igv

# If using a virtual environment or conda (don't forget to activate
jupyter serverextension enable --py igv --sys-prefix
jupyter nbextension install --py igv --sys-prefix
jupyter nbextension enable --py igv --sys-prefix



Example notebooks are available in the github repository. To download without cloning the repository use this link. Notebooks are available in the "examples" directory.


To insert an IGV instance into a cell:

(1) create an igv.Browser object,and (2) call showBrowser on the instance.


import igv

b = igv.Browser({"genome": "hg19"})

The igv.Browser initializer takes a configuration object which is converted to JSON and passed to the igv.js createBrowser function. The configuration object is described in the igv.js documentation.

To instantiate the client side IGV instance in a cell call show()


To load a track pass a track configuration object to load_track(). Track configuration objects are described in the igv.js documentation. The configuration object will be converted to JSON and passed to the igv.js browser instance.

Data for the track can be loaded by URL or passed directly as an array of JSON objects.

Remote URL

        "name": "Segmented CN",
        "url": "",
        "format": "seg",
        "indexed": False

Local File

Tracks can be loaded from local files using the Jupyter web server by prepending "files" to the path. The path is relative to the notebook file.

        "name": "Local VCF",
        "url": "files/data/example.vcf",
        "format": "vcf",
        "type": "variant",
        "indexed": False

Embedded Features

Features can also be passed directly to tracks.

    "name": "Copy number",
    "type": "seg",
    "displayMode": "EXPANDED",
    "height": 100,
    "isLog": True,
    "features": [
            "chr": "chr20",
            "start": 1233820,
            "end": 1235000,
            "value": 0.8239,
            "sample": "TCGA-OR-A5J2-01"
            "chr": "chr20",
            "start": 1234500,
            "end": 1235180,
            "value": -0.8391,
            "sample": "TCGA-OR-A5J3-01"


Zoom in by a factor of 2


Zoom out by a factor of 2


Jump to a specific locus'chr1:3000-4000')

Jump to a specific gene. This uses the IGV search web service, which currently supports a limited number of genomes: hg38, hg19, and mm10. To configure a custom search service see the igv.js documentation'myc')

SVG output

Saving the current IGV view as an SVG image requires two calls.




Note: This is an experimental feature.

def locuschange(data): = data

b.on("locuschange", locuschange)




To build and install from source:

python build
pip install -e .
jupyter nbextension install --py igv
jupyter nbextension enable --py igv

Creating a conda environment

conda create -n test python=3.7.1
conda activate test
conda install pip
conda install jupyter

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