SeqKit is implemented in Go programming language, executable binary files for most popular operating systems are freely available in release page.

Seqkit calls pigz (much faster than gzip) or gzip to decompress .gz file if they are available. So please install pigz to gain better parsing performance for gzipped data.

Latest Version

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Please cite

W Shen, S Le, Y Li*, F Hu*. SeqKit: a cross-platform and ultrafast toolkit for FASTA/Q file manipulation. PLOS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0163962.


OS Arch File, 中国镜像 Download Count
Linux 32-bit seqkit_linux_386.tar.gz,
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Linux 64-bit seqkit_linux_amd64.tar.gz,
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OS X 32-bit seqkit_darwin_386.tar.gz,
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OS X 64-bit seqkit_darwin_amd64.tar.gz,
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Windows 32-bit seqkit_windows_386.exe.tar.gz,
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Windows 64-bit seqkit_windows_amd64.exe.tar.gz,
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Method 1: Download binaries

Just download compressed executable file of your operating system, and decompress it with tar -zxvf *.tar.gz command or other tools. And then:

  1. For Linux-like systems

    1. If you have root privilege simply copy it to /usr/local/bin:

      sudo cp seqkit /usr/local/bin/
    2. Or add the current directory of the executable file to environment variable PATH:

      echo export PATH=\$PATH:\"$(pwd)\" >> ~/.bashrc
      source ~/.bashrc
  2. For windows, just copy seqkit.exe to C:\WINDOWS\system32.

Method 2: Install via conda Install-with-conda Anaconda Cloud downloads

conda install -c bioconda seqkit

Method 3: For Go developer

go get -u


Note: The current version supports Bash only. This should work for *nix systems with Bash installed.


  1. run: seqkit genautocomplete

  2. create and edit ~/.bash_completion file if you don't have it.

    nano ~/.bash_completion

    add the following:

    for bcfile in ~/.bash_completion.d/* ; do
      . $bcfile

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