We know it’s important to you to be able to browse and visually inspect variants and alignments from your next-gen sequencing experiments, so we’ve added remote streaming of BAM files to the Genome Data Viewer (GDV). All you need are your BAM files and the index files (.bai extension) in a location that allows HTTP access and you can stream BAM files as custom tracks into the GDV.
After you enter a URL, a progress bar tracks the status of the connection and the validation processes. By default, the file name will be your track’s display name, but you can also enter a custom name for the track. You can easily connect to multiple remote BAM files in this way.
Remote data streaming is not supported for other file types or BAM files transferred through FTP or HTTPS.
Try remote streaming today and let us know what you think! If the Genome Data Viewer currently doesn’t support file types you want, use the Support Center to tell us – or send us an email. For more information on how to use this new feature, please see the GDV Help documentation.