First instantaneous, collaborative genomic annotation editor available on the Web.

Apollo is designed to support geographically dispersed researchers, and the work of a distributed community is coordinated through automatic synchronization: all edits in one client are instantly pushed to all other clients, allowing users to see annotation updates from collaborators in real-time during the editing process. There are no installation requirements for Annotators!

Try Apollo on our Public Demo, built with the genome of several organism including the honey bee (Apis mellifera).

Download the latest Apollo release off of Github to get started. Documentation for the Apollo software is also avaible via read the docs.

Questions can be sent to our Apollo user mailing list. You can subscribe by filling out this form to subscribe to the list or use a sympa command sent to sympa@lists.lbl.gov.

Highlighted features

  • Apollo is a plug-in for the JBrowse Genome Viewer.
  • In addition to genes and pseudogenes, users can annotate ncRNAs (snRNA, snoRNA, tRNA, rRNA), miRNAs, repeat regions, and transposable elements; each annotation type has its own configuration of the ‘Information Editor’.
  • History tracking with undo/redo functions is available.
  • Users are able to directly set an annotation to a specific state, choosing from the ‘History’ display.
  • Adding and updating PubMed IDs will prompt users with a publication title to confirm their submission.
  • Gene Ontology (GO) terms are supported and GO ID auto-completion has been incorporated.
  • Users may access a ‘Recent Changes’ page.
  • Help page with Apollo specific content is available.




Apollo is supported by the National Institutes of Health grant 5R01GM080203 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and 5R01HG004483 from the National Human Genome Research Institute, and by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

Please cite the use of Apollo as: Lee E, Helt GA, Reese JT, Munoz-Torres MC, Childers CP, Buels RM, Stein L, Holmes IH, Elsik CG, Lewis SE. 2013. Apollo: a web-based genomic annotation editing platform. Genome Biol 14:R93.

Image credits: Bee CopyRight of www.AlexanderWild.com | DNA image ShutterStock.com