Learn how to recognize and use older versions of the Ensembl Genome Browser, which you may find being used at external databases that are based on the Ensembl software package or referred to in older publications. Ensembl lets you browse a graphical display of any of its genomes and find association information about the annotations. Use navigation links and personally-configured browsers to customize the information you receive. A BLAST-like tool allows you to search all the genomes with a query sequence, and BioMart lets you perform advanced searches and download large datasets. Understanding how different Ensembl versions are similar and different will allow you to use older versions as needed in your research.

You will learn:

  • about the Ensembl software and its developers
  • how to access older versions of the browser from the Ensembl archive
  • the differences and similarities between versions
  • about some example installations of Ensembl at other databases


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Genome Browsers. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Ensembl: Ensembl Genome Browser

Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG): IMG is a powerful community resource for the comparative analysis and annotation of microbial genome data.

GBrowse: GBrowse User Introductory Tutorial

Overview of Genome Browsers: Various Genome Browsers examined

Map Viewer: Map Viewer Genome Browser from NCBI

This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Plant resources. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Ensembl: Ensembl Genome Browser

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

PlantGDB: Plant Genome Database

GBrowse: GBrowse User Introductory Tutorial

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes

World Tour of Genomics Resources: A World Tour of Genome Resources for finding and learning the right resource for your needs.


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Genome Databases (prok + viral) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at prokaryotic or viral organisms. Some may contain eukaryotic data as well.


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