IGV File Extension

IGV file icon
Integrative Genomics Viewer
  • Developer
    Broad Institute
  • Category
    Document Files
  • Popularity
    3 (2 votes)

What is IGV file?

Full format name of files that use IGV extension is Integrative Genomics Viewer. Integrative Genomics Viewer specification was created by Broad Institute. Files with IGV extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. IGV file belongs to the Document Files category just like 574 other filename extensions listed in our database. Integrative Genomics Viewer is by far the most used program for working with IGV files. On the official website of Broad Institute developer not only will you find detailed information about theIntegrative Genomics Viewer software, but also about IGV and other supported file formats.

Programs which support IGV file extension

Programs that can handle IGV files are as follows. IGV files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support IGV file

How to open file with IGV extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening IGV files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with IGV extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Integrative Genomics Viewer software

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports IGV files installed on the system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Integrative Genomics Viewer and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Integrative Genomics Viewer installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Broad Institute website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Integrative Genomics Viewer and update if needed

If you already have Integrative Genomics Viewer installed on your systems and IGV files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Integrative Genomics Viewer installed, it may not support IGV format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Integrative Genomics Viewer.

Step 3. Associate Integrative Genomics Viewer files with Integrative Genomics Viewer

If you have the latest version of Integrative Genomics Viewer installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage IGV on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the IGV file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Integrative Genomics Viewer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open IGV files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected IGV file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with IGV extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the IGV for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the IGV file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the IGV file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the IGV file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the IGV file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the IGV file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the IGV file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with IGV extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Integrative Genomics Viewer file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Integrative Genomics Viewer

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support IGV files. Close all running programs and try opening the IGV file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Integrative Genomics Viewer files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle IGV files.

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