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khmer k-mer counting library

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Welcome to khmer: k-mer counting, filtering and graph traversal FTW!

The official repository is at

and you can read the docs online here:

There are two mailing lists dedicated to khmer, an announcements-only list and a discussion list. To search their archives and sign-up for them, please visit the following URLs:

You can contact the current maintainers at


khmer is pre-publication and research software, so please keep in mind that (a) the code may have undiscovered bugs in it, (b) you should cite us, and (c) you should get in touch if you need to cite us, as we are writing up the project.


khmer requires Python 2.7+. Linux users will need the python development libraries and gcc. OS X users will need XCode installed. For more details see doc/install.txt

In short:

pip install khmer to download, build, and install the latest stable version.

The use of a virtualenv is recommended, see

khmer is under the BSD license; see doc/LICENSE.txt. Distribution, modification and redistribution, incorporation into other software, and pretty much everything else is allowed.

MRC 2013-10-22

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