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FIGTREE(1) User Commands FIGTREE(1)


figtree - graphical phylogenetic tree viewer


figtree [-graphic <PDF|SVG|SWF|PS|EMF|PNG>] [-width <i>] [-height <i>] [-help] [<tree-file-name>] [<graphic-file-name>]


Figtree is a (phylogenetic) tree figure drawing tool. It is designed as a graphical viewer of phylogenetic trees and as a program for producing publication-ready figures. In particular it is designed to display summarized and annotated trees produced by BEAST.


-graphic produce a graphic with the given format

-width the width of the graphic in pixels

-height the height of the graphic in pixels

-help option to print help message


Andrew Rambaut <>, University of Edinburgh, Institute of Evolutionary Biology <>

Uses the Java Evolutionary Biology Library (JEBL) <>

Thanks to Alexei Drummond, Joseph Heled, Philippe Lemey, Tulio de Oliveira, Beth Shapiro & Marc Suchard


figtree test.tree
figtree -graphic PDF test.tree test.pdf
figtree -graphic PNG -width 320 -height 320 test.tree test.png

December 2017 figtree