A.1. Software Distributions that Include EMBOSS

A.1.1. RPM Package Manager Files

The RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a command line driven package management system for installing, uninstalling, verifying, querying and updating software packages. Each software package consists of an archive of files along with package information such as version, description etc. For more information about RPM see http://www.rpm.org/.

Ryan Golhar (Informatics Institute, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) has built RPMs for EMBOSS 5.0.0 and related applications. They are available from


or from the EMBOSS FTP site:



Files under contrib/ are contributed to the EMBOSS project but are not part of the EMBOSS or EMBASSY distributions. Owing to the limited availability of test platforms, these contributions might not have been tested fully or even at all by the core EMBOSS developers. In case of difficulty, please contact the original author, in this case, Ryan Golhar.

A.1.2. Ports and Packages

The lists below are by no means comprehensive. If you know of other relevant links please email emboss-bug@emboss.open-bio.org with details.


Sites who have packaged EMBOSS may not have kept that package up to date.

Live DVD with Emboss/Jemboss

Live DVD with Emboss/Jemboss from NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre

See http://nebc.nox.ac.uk/tools/bio-linux

Another Live CD with Emboss

Live DVD with Emboss/Jemboss from dnalinux.com

See http://www.dnalinux.com/

Bio::Emboss perl module version 1.0

This module is an interface to the libraries of the EMBOSS package.

With this module you can access EMBOSS databases and use EMBOSS functions to manipulate your data. You can write perl programs that look like any other EMBOSS program (command line, web interface).

See http://search.cpan.org/dist/Bio-Emboss/.


The EMBOSS factory class encapsulates access to EMBOSS programs. A factory object allows creation of only known applications.

See http://doc.bioperl.org/bioperl-run/Bio/Factory/EMBOSS.html.

FreeBSD port

FreeBSD port of EMBOSS

See http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/ports/biology/emboss/.