FASTQ File - opening and understanding

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

What is a FASTQ file?

A .FASTQ file is a FASTQ format file. 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.

How to open FASTQ files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension FASTQ for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 3 different FASTQ openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension FASTQ

While we know of one file format using the .FASTQ file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .FASTQ file.

Various viewers for this file format

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 software that we know for certain will work with FASTQ-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with FASTQ-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!