Argo: Genome Browser

The Argo Genome Browser is the Broad Institute's production tool for visualizing and manually annotating whole genomes.


  1. Overview
  2. Use Argo
  3. Documentation and Source Code
  4. Screencasts
  5. Credits
  6. Citation
  7. Contact Information


Argo is currently unstaffed. The Broad Institute is currently reviewing future directions for visualization.

Argo is a free, open source, and standalone Java 1.5 application. It provides:

There are two major, coexisting releases of Argo:

Use Argo


See the Documentation and Source Code for more information.


Some features are only partially completed, and many improvements over Argo1 are not documented. Good luck!

Argo2 development release notes.

Documentation and Source Code

Argo2 became an unstaffed project in mid-beta. Updated documentation and the source code are currently unavailable for Argo2.

Three screencasts are available for Argo2, each of which performs a tour of certain features, see below.

In addition, a good amount of the documentation for Argo1 can still be useful when using Argo2:


These short videos help describe certain features and general use of Argo2

Standard Definition (8MB) | High Definition (18MB) | Duration: 2:34

Standard Definition (10MB) | High Definition (23MB) | Duration: 1:36

Standard Definition (14MB) | High Definition (33MB) | Duration: 2:42


Design and implementation: Reinhard Engels and Dennis Jen

Graphical Design of Argo2: Christian Stolte

Current maintenance: Clint Howarth

This project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.


To cite your use of Argo, please reference

Contact Information

To ask questions regarding Argo, please email

Last Updated: February 10, 2011