Installing Bismark on Ubuntu

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Installing Bismark on Ubuntu

Bismark is a bioinformatics tool to map bisulfite treated sequencing reads to a genome [1]. It also determines cytosine methylation sites. In this article, we will install Bismark on Ubuntu.

Preparing the system

Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T. Update and upgrade your system using the following commands:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Installing pre-requisites

To install Bismark, you need to download and install two other software: Bowtie2 and Samtools. So, let’s install them first as shown below.

Installing Bowtie2

$ sudo apt-get install -y bowtie2

Installing Samtools

Change to a directory where you want to download the software, let’s say, Downloads. Now, download Samtools using the following command:

$ cd Downloads/

$ wget

Extract the file and install using the following commands:

$ tar xjf samtools-1.10.tar.bz2

$ cd samtools-1.10/

$ ./configure

$ make

$ sudo make install

Now check it by typing $ samtools in the terminal. After successful installation, it should display its usage.

Now let’s move to the installation of the Bismark package.

Downloading Bismark

Now, let’s move back to the Downloads directory and download the Bismark software.

$ cd ../

$ wget

Now, unzip the file.

$ unzip

It will create a new directory in Downloads, namely, Bismark-master. It contains all the executable files. You can also check the installation by typing $ bismark, it should display the usage.

That’s all for the installation of Bismark on Ubuntu.


  1. Krueger, F., & Andrews, S. R. (2011). Bismark: a flexible aligner and methylation caller for Bisulfite-Seq applications. bioinformatics27(11), 1571-1572.
Muniba is a Bioinformatician based in the South China University of Technology. She has cutting edge knowledge of bioinformatics tools, algorithms, and drug designing. When she is not reading she is found enjoying with the family. Know more about Muniba

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