Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV)  (Version 2.3)

Install IGV

Options for installing and running IGV:

  1. (All systems) Use the Java Web Start buttons (Mac users: see below for limitations); or
  2. (Windows ) Download the Windows zip archive and run the "igv.bat" file; or
  3. (Mac only) Download and run the Mac applcation; or
  4. (All systems) Download the binary distribution and run IGV from the command line.

Note: Windows users with high resolution (e.g. 4k) screens must use the zip archive below.  

Note: IGV 2.3.x requires Java 7 or later.  

Java Web Start (All Platforms) 

The buttons below use Java Web Start (JWS) to install and launch IGV directly from our web site.    

*Mac Users: The Java Web Start option does not work for some users due to security settings. The recommended solution is to use the bundled Mac App from the link above. Alternatively you can try to work around this by right-clicking on the buttons and saving the "jnlp" file, then right-clicking on the saved "jnlp" file and select "Open With > Java Web Start". 

Chrome: Chrome does not automatically launch the Java Web Start files by default. Instead, the launch buttons below will download a "jnlp" file. This should appear in the lower left corner of the browser. Double-click the downloaded file to run, or if on a Mac right-click and select "Open With > Java Web Start"

Windows users: To run with more than 1.2 GB of memory you must install 64-bit Java. Most Windows installs do not include 64-bit Java by default, even if the operating system is 64-bit. Attempting to use the 2GB or greater launch options with 32-bit Java will result in the error "could not create virtual machine"

Launch with 750 MB


Launch with 1.2 GB

Maximum usable memory for Windows OS with 32-bit Java.

Launch with 2 GB

Maximum usable memory for 32-bit MacOS.

Launch with 10 GB

For large memory machines with 64-bit Java.


Download and unzip the Mac App archive, then double-click the IGV application to run it. The application can be moved to the "Applications" folder, or anywhere else.


Download and unzip the zip archive, then double-click the "igv.bat" file to start IGV. A black console window will appear, followed by the IGV application. This option includes a modified Java executable for use with high-resolution screens.

Binary Distribution 

Download and unzip the binary distribution archive in a folder of your choosing. IGV is launched from a command prompt -- follow instructions in the "readme" file. To launch igv on Mac or Linux platforms use the shell script "". On Windows use "igv.bat".


Utilities for preprocessing data files.

Other IGV Versions

IGV 2.4  Early access Beta version of IGV 2.4.

If you are looking for the IGV 3.0 early access version, see this notice.

Development Snapshot Build   Latest development snapshot; built at least nightly.

Archived Versions

Source Code

Source code repository is hosted at GitHub.  Current release branch is 2.3.x:


Permission to use this work is granted under the MIT License


We welcome your feedback.  Please send suggestions, requests, and bug reports to our help forum or open a ticket in our issue tracker.

If you are posting about a problem, please include the error message (if applicable) and your igv.log file. It will be in <your home directory>/igv. When posting a bug report, please include:
  1. The version of IGV you are using
  2. What you did (e.g. I opened a bedgraph file). If the problem happens when you open a file and/or view certain genomic coordinates, attach the file* (or provide a link) and specify the genomic coordinates.
  3. What you expected to happen (e.g. I expected IGV to display my data)
  4. What actually happened (e.g. I received an error message saying "Unknown extension: .graph")