How to open FASTQ files

Did your computer fail to open a FASTQ file? We explain what FASTQ files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.

What is a FASTQ file?

FASTQ files are FASTQ format files, which you can read more about below.

The FASTQ file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a FASTQ opener may not be able to open all kinds of FASTQ files. In this case, though, we only know of one specific use.

FASTQ format

Through our analysis of FASTQ files, we know that one use of the format is FASTQ format. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

We have not verified any programs yet that works with this specific format. If you know any, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

FASTQ file openers, viewers, etc.

These apps are known to open certain types of FASTQ files. Remember, different programs may use FASTQ files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Unipro UGENEUnipro UGENEUser submitted
SnapGene ViewerSnapGene ViewerUser submitted
ChromasProChromasProUser submitted
We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with FASTQ-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with FASTQ-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!