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VIEWpoly is a shiny app and R package for visualizing and exploring results from polyploid computational tools using an interactive graphical user interface. The package allows users to directly upload output files from polymapR, MAPpoly , OneMap, polyqtlR, QTLpoly, diaQTL, GWASpoly, HIDECAN, and genomic assembly, variants, annotation and alignment files. VIEWpoly uses shiny, golem, ggplot2, plotly, and JBrowseR libraries to graphically display the QTL profiles, positions, alleles estimated effects, progeny individuals containing specific haplotypes and their breeding values. It is also possible to access marker dosage and parental phase from the linkage map. If genomic information is available, the corresponding QTL positions are interactively explored using JBrowseR interface, allowing the search for candidate genes. It also provides features to download specific information into comprehensive tables and images for further analysis and presentation.

Quick Start

The quickest way of accessing VIEWpoly is here. However, our does not upload files larger than 1GB. If you have larger datasets, you will need to install and run VIEWpoly locally.


You can run VIEWpoly locally installing the package and accessing the graphical interface through a web browser. To use the stable version, please install the package from CRAN:


If you want to use the latest development version, go ahead and install VIEWpoly from our Github repository:

# install.packages("devtools")

NOTE: Windows users may need to install the Rtools before compiling the package from source (development version).

You can also access VIEWpoly though the Docker image:

docker pull cristaniguti/viewpoly:0.2.2  
docker run --rm -e USERID=$(id -u) -e GROUPID=$(id -g) -p 8085:80 -e DISABLE_AUTH=true cristaniguti/viewpoly:0.2.2

This will make the container available in port 8085 (choose other if you prefer). After, you just need to go to your favorite browser and search for :8085 (example: That is it! Everything you need is there.

Input data

The Input data tab has options for several types of inputs. You can upload directly outputs from:

To relate the genetic maps and QTL analysis with genomic information, it is also required:

It is optional to upload also:



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Taniguti, C. H.; Taniguti, L. M.; Amadeu, R. R.; Lau, J.; de Siqueira Gesteira, G.; Oliveira, T. de P.; Ferreira, G. C.; Pereira, G. da S.; Byrne, D.; Mollinari, M.; Riera-Lizarazu, O.; Garcia, A. A. F. Developing best practices for genotyping-by-sequencing analysis in the construction of linkage maps. GigaScience, 12, giad092.


VIEWpoly project is supported by the USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project ‘‘Tools for Genomics-Assisted Breeding in Polyploids: Development of a Community Resource’’ and by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the Genetic Advances and Innovative Seed Systems for Sweetpotato project (SweetGAINS).