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Code licensed under this license may be reused in commercial products provided that changes made directly in the sources - bug fixes or enhancements - must be contributed back to PHYLOViZ, but new source files (as in new plugins) which you write that link to PHYLOViZ code do not need to be.

Choose the appropriate version for your operating system or the .jar file. The OS specific versions already contain some memory specific parameters to enhance the software performance when using large datasets.

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A cross-platform zip distribution package is available.

Just unzip the package, enter the created directory and in the sub-directory bin/ run phyloviz.exe or phyloviz64.exe (Windows) or ‘phyloviz’ (Linux/MacOS) accordingly to your operating system.

NOTE: You may need to adjust some parameters in etc/phyloviz.conf with respect to memory usage. These settings have a strong impact on visualization features. For instance, in Windows, you may achieve better results with:

default_options="--branding phyloviz -J-Xss8M -J-Xms32m -J-Xmx1024M --laf javax.swing.plaf.metal.MetalLookAndFeel"

IMPORTANTE NOTICE: After installing always go to the “Help” menu and “Check for updates” to install any novel plugins or latest updates to PHYLOViZ software. The SNP analysis plugin is installed in this way to demonstrate the plugin capability.


All the Source code is available in the new code repository for in Check it out at

PHYLOViZ is built on top of the NetBeans Platform, thus we recommend NetBeans for the development of new plugins.