Standard import

CLC Genomics Workbench has support for a wide range of bioinformatic data such as molecules, sequences, alignments etc. See a full list of the data formats in List of data formats.

These data can be imported through the Import dialog, using drag/drop or copy/paste as explained below.

For import of NGS data, please see Import high-throughput sequencing data For import of tracks, please see Import tracks.

Import using the import dialog

To start the import using the import dialog:

        click Import (Image Next_Folder_16_n_p) in the Toolbar

and choose Standard Import

This will show a dialog similar to figure 6.1. You can change which kind of file types that should be shown by selecting a file format in the Files of type box.

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Figure 6.1: The import dialog.

Next, select one or more files or folders to import and click Next to select a place for saving the result files. If you import one or more folders, the contents of the folder is automatically imported and placed in that folder in the Navigation Area. If the folder contains subfolders, the whole folder structure is imported.

In the import dialog (figure 6.1), there are three import options:

Automatic import
This will import the file and CLC Genomics Workbench will try to determine the format of the file. The format is determined based on the file extension (e.g. SwissProt files have .swp at the end of the file name) in combination with a detection of elements in the file that are specific to the individual file formats. If the file type is not recognized, it will be imported as an external file. In most cases, automatic import will yield a successful result, but if the import goes wrong, the next option can be helpful:
Force import as type
This option should be used if CLC Genomics Workbench cannot successfully determine the file format. By forcing the import as a specific type, the automatic determination of the file format is bypassed, and the file is imported as the type specified.
Force import as external file
This option should be used if a file is imported as a bioinformatics file when it should just have been external file. It could be an ordinary text file which is imported as a sequence.

Import using drag and drop

It is also possible to drag a file from e.g. the desktop into the Navigation Area of CLC Genomics Workbench. This is equivalent to importing the file using the Automatic import option described above. If the file type is not recognized, it will be imported as an external file.

Import using copy/paste of text

If you have e.g. a text file or a browser displaying a sequence in one of the formats that can be imported by CLC Genomics Workbench, there is a very easy way to get this sequence into the Navigation Area:

        Copy the text from the text file or browser | Select a folder in the Navigation Area | Paste (Image Paste_16_n_p)

This will create a new sequence based on the text copied. This operation is equivalent to saving the text in a text file and importing it into the CLC Genomics Workbench.

If the sequence is not formatted, i.e. if you just have a text like this: "ATGACGAATAGGAGTTCTAGCTA" you can also paste this into the Navigation Area.

Note! Make sure you copy all the relevant text - otherwise CLC Genomics Workbench might not be able to interpret the text.