What is it?
Phamerator is a genome exploration tool designed and written by Dr. Steve Cresawn of James Madison University.
Operating System
Phamerator requires the Ubuntu 12.04 operating system. If you are running Windows or Mac OS X, see the instructions below on how to install an emulator (like Virtual Box) with an Ubuntu virtual machine.
System Requirements
Native Minimum System Requirements
  • Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin"
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 128 MB video memory
  • 1 GB free hard-drive space
  • Internet connection

  • Emulated Minimum System Requirements (using Ubuntu 12.04 virtual machine)
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 or at least Mac OS X 10.5
  • 1.6 GHz x86/x64 dual-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 128 MB video memory
  • 10 GB free hard-drive space
  • Internet connection

  • Installation
    If you are a SEA-PHAGES member or school, you can get the SEA Virtual Machine which comes with Phamerator pre-installed. It's available here on

    For installation of Phamerator onto a computer already running Ubuntu 12.04, follow these instructions.
    Getting Started
    Once Phamerator is installed, you can follow the instructions in this short Quick Start Guide to start exploring phamerated maps of genomes.
    Complete Annotation Guide
    Information on how to use Phamerator to assist with annotation of your phage genome can be found in section 6 of the complete DNA Master Annotation Guide.
    A full usage guide to phamerator, including instructions on database construction and execution, will be available here soon.
    The Phamerator is constantly under development, and it is impractical to list frequent problems as they are constantly changing! Direct any issues with installation or use through the phagesDB contact form here.