FastQC is an application which takes a FastQ file and runs a series
of tests on it to generate a comprehensive QC report. This will
tell you if there is anything unusual about your sequence. Each
test is flagged as a pass, warning or fail depending on how far it
departs from what you'd expect from a normal large dataset with no
significant biases. It's important to stress that warnings or even
failures do not necessarily mean that there is a problem with your
data, only that it is unusual. It is possible that the biological
nature of your sample means that you would expect this particular
bias in your results.
FastQC can be run either as an interactive graphical application
which allows you to view results for multiple files in a single
application. Alternatively you can run the program in a non
interactive way (say as part of a pipeline) which will generate
an HTML report for each file you process.
* Get started:
* Full manual, command-line optionen and more:
/opt/bwhpc/common/bio/fastqc/0.11.4/Help/* (same as above)
* Wikipedia FastQC Format Page
* bwHPC examples and a moab example script can be found here:
Fastqc will run multithreaded (6 threads aÂ´ 250 MB).
In case of problems, please contact: bwhpc (at) uni-konstanz.de
This module is available for all users.
Available command line options:
FastQC - A high throughput sequence QC analysis tool
fastqc seqfile1 seqfile2 .. seqfileN
fastqc [-o output dir] [--(no)extract] [-f fastq|bam|sam]
[-c contaminant file] seqfile1 .. seqfileN
FastQC reads a set of sequence files and produces from each one a quality
control report consisting of a number of different modules, each one of
which will help to identify a different potential type of problem in your
If no files to process are specified on the command line then the program
will start as an interactive graphical application. If files are provided
on the command line then the program will run with no user interaction
required. In this mode it is suitable for inclusion into a standardised
The options for the program as as follows:
-h --help Print this help file and exit
-v --version Print the version of the program and exit
-o --outdir Create all output files in the specified output directory.
Please note that this directory must exist as the program
will not create it. If this option is not set then the
output file for each sequence file is created in the same
directory as the sequence file which was processed.
--casava Files come from raw casava output. Files in the same sample
group (differing only by the group number) will be analysed
as a set rather than individually. Sequences with the filter
flag set in the header will be excluded from the analysis.
Files must have the same names given to them by casava
(including being gzipped and ending with .gz) otherwise they
won't be grouped together correctly.
--nano Files come from naopore sequences and are in fast5 format. In
this mode you can pass in directories to process and the program
will take in all fast5 files within those directories and produce
a single output file from the sequences found in all files.
--nofilter If running with --casava then don't remove read flagged by
casava as poor quality when performing the QC analysis.
--extract If set then the zipped output file will be uncompressed in
the same directory after it has been created. By default
this option will be set if fastqc is run in non-interactive
-j --java Provides the full path to the java binary you want to use to
launch fastqc. If not supplied then java is assumed to be in
--noextract Do not uncompress the output file after creating it. You
should set this option if you do not wish to uncompress
the output when running in non-interactive mode.
--nogroup Disable grouping of bases for reads >50bp. All reports will
show data for every base in the read. WARNING: Using this
option will cause fastqc to crash and burn if you use it on
really long reads, and your plots may end up a ridiculous size.
You have been warned!
-f --format Bypasses the normal sequence file format detection and
forces the program to use the specified format. Valid
formats are bam,sam,bam_mapped,sam_mapped and fastq
-t --threads Specifies the number of files which can be processed
simultaneously. Each thread will be allocated 250MB of
memory so you shouldn't run more threads than your
available memory will cope with, and not more than
6 threads on a 32 bit machine
-c Specifies a non-default file which contains the list of
--contaminants contaminants to screen overrepresented sequences against.
The file must contain sets of named contaminants in the
form name[tab]sequence. Lines prefixed with a hash will
-a Specifies a non-default file which contains the list of
--adapters adapter sequences which will be explicity searched against
the library. The file must contain sets of named adapters
in the form name[tab]sequence. Lines prefixed with a hash
will be ignored.
-l Specifies a non-default file which contains a set of criteria
--limits which will be used to determine the warn/error limits for the
various modules. This file can also be used to selectively
remove some modules from the output all together. The format
needs to mirror the default limits.txt file found in the
-k --kmers Specifies the length of Kmer to look for in the Kmer content
module. Specified Kmer length must be between 2 and 10. Default
length is 7 if not specified.
-q --quiet Supress all progress messages on stdout and only report errors.
-d --dir Selects a directory to be used for temporary files written when
generating report images. Defaults to system temp directory if
Any bugs in fastqc should be reported either to firstname.lastname@example.org
or in www.bioinformatics.babraham.ac.uk/bugzilla/