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GRAPHLAN(1) User Commands GRAPHLAN(1)


graphlan - circular representations of taxonomic and phylogenetic trees


graphlan [-h] [--format ['output_image_format']] [--warnings WARNINGS] [--positions POSITIONS] [--dpi image_dpi] [--size image_size] [--pad pad_in] [--external_legends] [-v] input_tree output_image


GraPhlAn is a software tool for producing high-quality circular representations of taxonomic and phylogenetic trees. It focuses on concise, integrative, informative, and publication-ready representations of phylogenetically- and taxonomically-driven investigation.


positional arguments:

the input tree in PhyloXML format
the output image, the format is guessed from the extension unless --format is given. Available file formats are: png, pdf, ps, eps, svg

optional arguments:

show this help message and exit
set the format of the output image (default none meaning that the format is guessed from the output file extension)
set whether warning messages should be reported or not (default 1)
set whether the absolute position of the points should be reported on the standard output. The two cohordinates are r and theta
the dpi of the output image for non vectorial formats
the size of the output image (in inches, default 7.0)
the distance between the most external graphical element and the border of the image
specify whether the two external legends should be put in separate file or keep them along with the image (default behavior)
Prints the current GraPhlAn version and exit


The software was written by Nicola Segata <>

This manpage was written by Andreas Tille for the Debian distribution and can be used for any other usage of the program.

June 2016 graphlan 1.1