We currently offer two versions: DISCOVAR and DISCOVAR de novo:

DISCOVAR – variant callerDISCOVAR_logo_250px

Suitable for variant calling with reference and de novo assembly of small genomes.

The latest version of DISCOVAR, including example data, is available for download via our ftp site, whilst the manual is available to view online.

DISCOVAR de novo – large genome assemblerDISCOVAR_denovo_logo_250px

Suitable for de novo assembly of large and small genomes.

The latest version of DISCOVAR de novo, including example data, is available for download via our ftp site.


If you experience problems downloading any of the packages above, then please let us know via the forum.

GCC 4.7.0 (or higher) is required to build the DISCOVAR packages. jemalloc is also required to build DISCOVAR de novo.

DISCOVAR is undergoing continuous development. There is no ‘official’ release – instead we automatically release the latest source code if it passes our rigorous nightly tests. Significant new releases will be announced via this blog.

DISCOVAR is released without restriction under the terms of this license. Users are encouraged to register by email us, stating your name, organization name and details.

If you have any trouble building or using DISCOVAR then please follow the steps given in our help guide and read our FAQ.