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Generate a standalone HTML file with an interactive phylogenetic tree using PhyloCanvas

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Standalone HTML Interactive Phylogenetic Tree Viz Documentation Status

Generate a standalone HTML file with an interactive phylogenetic tree using PhyloCanvas

See test shiptv HTML output here:

Phylogenetic tree of 5 FMDV genomes

Phylogenetic tree of 5 FMDV genomes

Phylogenetic tree of IAV HA gene sequences

Phylogenetic tree of IAV HA gene sequences


  • Interactively view your tree in the browser with metadata highlighted beside your tree using PhyloCanvas.

  • Visualize your own metadata! Provide a tab-delimited table as input with --metadata your-metadata-table.tsv

  • Select metadata fields to display beside phylogenetic tree with select box

  • Automatically retrieve metadata from a GenBank file!

  • Highlight branches with low support in the browser.

  • Collapse branches with low support (e.g. -C 95 for IQ-TREE trees with UFBoot -bb 1000 to collapse branches with less than 95% support).

  • Toggle full window mode with shift+ctrl+f. Works well with F11 fullscreen mode.


Show help info:

$ shiptv --help

Install shiptv completions for current shell:

$ shiptv --install-completion

Most basic usage would be to create a tree from a Newick format tree file:

$ shiptv -n newick.treefile -o shiptv-tree.html

More advanced usage would be to provide a tab-delimited table of metadata with the first field containing sample names identical to those in the Newick tree file:

$ shiptv -n newick.treefile --metadata my-metadata.tsv -o shiptv-tree.html

With a reference sequence Genbank file, a Newick format phylogenetic tree tree.nwk, output a tree.html standalone HTML interactive phylogenetic tree visualization and a metadata-table.tsv tab-delimited table of metadata from

shiptv -r -n tree.nwk -o tree.html -m metadata-table.tsv

Help output

$ shiptv --help
Usage: shiptv [OPTIONS]

  Create HTML tree visualization with metadata.

  The metadata for reference genomes can be extracted from the specified
  Genbank file.

  Any leaf names that are present in the tree but not present in the Genbank
  file are assumed to be user samples and are flagged as such in the
  metadata table as "user_sample"="Yes".

  -n, --newick PATH               Phylogenetic tree Newick file  [required]
  -o, --output-html PATH          Output HTML tree path  [required]
  -N, --output-newick PATH        Output Newick file
  -r, --ref-genomes-genbank PATH  Reference genome sequences Genbank file
  -m, --output-metadata-table PATH
                                  Output metadata table path
  --leaflist PATH                 Optional leaf names to select from
                                  phylogenetic tree for pruned tree
                                  visualization. One leaf name per line.

  --genbank-metadata-fields PATH  Optional fields to extract from Genbank
                                  source metadata. One field per line.

  -M, --metadata PATH             Optional tab-delimited metadata for user
                                  samples to join with metadata derived from
                                  reference genome sequences Genbank file.
                                  Sample IDs must be in the first column.

  --metadata-fields-in-order PATH
                                  Optional list of fields in order to output
                                  in metadata table and HTML tree
                                  visualization. One field per line.

  --fix-metadata / --no-fix-metadata
                                  Try to automatically fix metadata from
                                  reference Genbank file.  [default: True]

  -C, --collapse-support FLOAT    Collapse internal branches below specified
                                  bootstrap support value (default -1 for no
                                  collapsing)  [default: -1.0]

  --highlight-user-samples / --no-highlight-user-samples
                                  Highlight user samples with metadata field
                                  in tree.  [default: False]

  --outgroup TEXT                 Tree outgroup taxa
  --midpoint-root / --no-midpoint-root
                                  Set midpoint root  [default: False]
  --verbose / --no-verbose        Verbose logs  [default: False]
  --install-completion            Install completion for the current shell.
  --show-completion               Show completion for the current shell, to
                                  copy it or customize the installation.

  --help                          Show this message and exit.


This package was created with Cookiecutter and the audreyr/cookiecutter-pypackage project template.


0.4.1 (2021-05-13)

  • ensure tree rendered even if genomeMetadata object is empty in phylocanvas.html

  • add --version option to print shiptv version and exit

  • add epilog to help with version info

  • add example usage to help

  • change --metadata short opt to -m from -M

  • change --output-metadata-table short opt from -m to -M

  • update lodash JS library to version 4.17.15

0.4.0 (2021-02-12)

  • Add Select2 metadata field select box to show metadata fields in the order required

  • Add Shift+Ctrl+F to toggle tree viz full window mode

  • Using BioPython’s Phylo module for phylogenetic tree manipulation. Removed ete3.

  • Using Requests library to get JS and CSS to embed into HTML output

  • Migrated to Typer from Click for CLI

  • Added Rich for nicer logging and tracebacks

  • Changed some options to be optional; only required options are -n/--newick and -o/--output-html

  • By default don’t highlight user samples as a field of metadata in tree viz

  • Allow user to optionally specify outgroup taxa name

  • Allow user to optionally re-root tree at midpoint node

  • Fixed warnings from Pandas when modifying view of dataframe by using .loc[]

  • Moved to GitHub Actions CI and PyPI deployment

0.3.0 (2019-10-02)

  • Fix rendering of numeric and ISO date metadata fields

  • Reference genomes Genbank now optional

  • Updated docs

0.2.0 (2019-06-28)

  • Added low support branch highlighting in tree HTML file

  • Added option to collapse low support branches (-C/–collapse-support)

  • Added option to output modified Newick tree file (-N/–output-newick)

  • Fixed date/time parsing from Genbank files (#1)

0.1.0 (2019-05-10)

  • First release on PyPI.

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