Information & Computational Sciences


Tablet is a lightweight, high-performance graphical viewer for next generation sequence assemblies and alignments.

Visit the download page to get the latest version of Tablet (; 8th February 2021).

Please cite: Milne I, Stephen G, Bayer M, Cock PJA, Pritchard L, Cardle L, Shaw PD and Marshall D. 2013. Using Tablet for visual exploration of second-generation sequencing data. Briefings in Bioinformatics 14(2), 193-202.

Tablet features:

  •     High-performance visualization and data navigation.
  •     Display of reads in both packed and stacked formats.
  •     File format support for ACE, AFG, MAQ, SOAP2, SAM, BAM, FASTA, FASTQ, and GFF3.
  •     Import GFF3, VCF, GTF or BED features and quickly find/highlight/display them.
  •     Search and locate reads by name or subsequence across entire data sets.
  •     Paired end visualization support (for SAM/BAM).
  •     CIGAR support within SAM/BAM for showing insertions, deletions, clipping events, etc
  •     Entire-contig overviews, showing data layout or coverage information.
  •     Simple install routine via auto-updating graphical installers.
  •     Support for Windows, macOS and Linux, in 32 and 64-bit.

You can get a full list of recent new additions, changes or bug fixes by reading through the release notes.