Installing MEME suite on Ubuntu

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Installing meme suite on ubuntu

MEME suite is used to discover novel motifs in unaligned nucleotide and protein sequences [1,2]. In this article, we will learn how to install MEME on Ubuntu.

Getting started

Let’s update and upgrade the system first.

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get upgrade


Change to a directory where you want to download the software. Let’s say Downloads. Open a terminal and type the following commands:

$ cd Downloads/

$ wget


Now extract the package, you will see a new directory called ‘meme-5.1.1‘ in Downloads.  Change to this directory and then install by typing the following commands:

$ tar xvzf meme-5.1.1.tar.gz

$ cd meme-5.1.1/

$ make

$ make test

$ sudo make install

If you don’t see any error, then you have successfully installed the MEME suite on your Ubuntu.


  1. Bailey, T. L., Johnson, J., Grant, C. E., & Noble, W. S. (2015). The MEME suite. Nucleic acids research43(W1), W39-W49.
  2. Bailey, T. L., Boden, M., Buske, F. A., Frith, M., Grant, C. E., Clementi, L., … & Noble, W. S. (2009). MEME SUITE: tools for motif discovery and searching. Nucleic acids research37(suppl_2), W202-W208.
Tariq is founder of Bioinformatics Review and a professional Software Developer at IQL Technologies. His areas of expertise include algorithm design, phylogenetics, MicroArray, Plant Systematics, and genome data analysis. If you have questions, reach out to him via his homepage.

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