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TRANSEQ(1e) EMBOSS Manual for Debian TRANSEQ(1e)


transeq - Translate nucleic acid sequences


transeq -sequence seqall [-frame list] [-table list] [-regions range] [-trim boolean] [-clean boolean] -alternative boolean -outseq seqoutall

transeq -help


transeq is a command line program from EMBOSS (“the European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite”). It is part of the "Nucleic:Translation" command group(s).


Input section

-sequence seqall

Additional section

-frame list

Default value: 1

-table list

-regions range

Regions to translate. If this is left blank, then the complete sequence is translated. A set of regions is specified by a set of pairs of positions. The positions are integers. They are separated by any non-digit, non-alpha character. Examples of region specifications are: 24-45, 56-78 1:45, 67=99;765..888 1,5,8,10,23,45,57,99 Note: you should not try to use this option with any other frame than the default, -frame=1

-trim boolean

This removes all 'X' and '*' characters from the right end of the translation. The trimming process starts at the end and continues until the next character is not a 'X' or a '*' Default value: N

-clean boolean

This changes all STOP codon positions from the '*' character to 'X' (an unknown residue). This is useful because some programs will not accept protein sequences with '*' characters in them. Default value: N

Advanced section

-alternative boolean

The default definition of frame '-1' is the reverse-complement of the set of codons used in frame 1. (Frame -2 is the set of codons used by frame 2, similarly frames -3 and 3). This is a common standard, used by the Staden package and other programs. If you prefer to define frame '-1' as using the set of codons starting with the last codon of the sequence, then set this to be true. Default value: N

Output section

-outseq seqoutall


Bugs can be reported to the Debian Bug Tracking system (, or directly to the EMBOSS developers (


transeq is fully documented via the tfm(1) system.


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05/11/2012 EMBOSS 6.4.0