IGV 2.3

Integrative Genomics Viewer IGV 2.3 (Archived)

This page is for the archived version of the last IGV 2.3.x release
IGV 2.3.x requires Java 7. Starting with IGV 2.4, Java 8 is required.

For the current release of IGV, please visit the regular downloads page.

Install IGV 2.3

There are 4 options for downloading and launching this version.

(1) Java Web Start (JWS). Use the buttons below to launch IGV directly from our web site. 

  • Clicking on one of the buttons will download a .jnlp file and then execute the file using Java Web Start (JWS).
  • Some web browsers will only download the .jnlp file and not automatically launch IGV. For these browsers, locate the file in your folder designated for browser downloads, and double-click on the file to launch IGV.
  • JWS on Mac: For some Mac users, IGV will not launch automatically on double-click due to security settings. If you are presented with security errors, try the following instead:
    • Right-click on the downloaded .jnlp file and select Open With > Java Web Start.
    • Dismiss the warnings to continue.
    • When IGV has been run this way at least once from the .jnlp file, from then on you can double-click on the file to launch. 
    • Alternatively, install the Mac App or the Binary Distribution (see below).
  • Windows: To run with more than 1.2 GB of memory on Windows 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
(Max usable memory for Windows with 32-bit Java)

Launch with 2 GB
(Max usable memory for 32-bit MacOS)

Launch with 10 GB
(Only for large memory machines with 64-bit Java)

(2) Mac App.  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. 

(3) Windows Package.  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. 

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