BCM Trace Viewer

Image of BCM Trace Viewer logotype

About the Software

Author: K. James Durbin

Copyright © Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center. All rights reserved.

The BCM Trace Viewer is a Java application/applet to display .scf traces and phred quality values.

Features of the BCM Trace Viewer are:

  • Reads SCF 2.0 or SCF 3.0 files

  • Reads quality values out of SCF 3.0 files, from separate file for SCF 2.0

  • Reads files uncompressed or gzipped

  • Displays quality values as numbers or as a quality graph

  • Quality values/graph can be colored to match bases or on a "temperature" scale

  • Displays location of base calls

  • Can turn on/off individual traces

  • Can display trace as connected lines or individual points

  • Can scale trace both horizontally and vertically

  • Window is resizable (can take advantage of whatever resolution is available)

  • Written in Java so it's portable across a variety of operating systems and machines

  • Runs as a stand alone application (with java interpreter)

  • Runs as an web page embeddable applet

  • Reads .scf files for trace data

  • Reads .exp (Xgap) files for quality

Trace Viewer screenshot

License and Download

BCM Trace Viewer readme

Click here to read the license

Download the BCM Trace Viewer


For additional information, contact us at questions@bcm.edu