This script reads alignments in maf format, and writes them in another format. It can write them in these formats: axt, blast, blasttab, html, psl, sam, tab. You can use it like this:

maf-convert psl my-alignments.maf > my-alignments.psl

It's often convenient to pipe in the input, like this:

... | maf-convert psl > my-alignments.psl

The input should be "multiple alignment format" as described in the UCSC Genome FAQ (not "MIRA assembly format" or any other maf).

This script takes the first (topmost) MAF sequence as the "reference" / "subject" / "target", and the second sequence as the "query".

For html: if the input includes probability lines starting with 'p', then the output will be coloured by column probability. (To get lines starting with 'p', run lastal with option -j set to 4 or higher.)


-h, --help Print a help message and exit.
-p, --protein Specify that the alignments are of proteins, rather than nucleotides. This affects psl format only (the first 4 columns).
-j, --join=N Join neighboring alignments if they are co-linear and separated by at most N letters. This affects psl format only.
-n, --noheader Omit any header lines from the output. This may be useful if you concatenate outputs, e.g. from parallel jobs.
-d, --dictionary Include a dictionary of sequence lengths in the sam header section (lines starting with @SQ). This requires reading the input twice, so it must be a real file (not a pipe). This affects sam format only.
-f DICTFILE, --dictfile=DICTFILE Get a sequence dictionary from DICTFILE. This affects sam format only. You can create a dict file using CreateSequenceDictionary (
-r READGROUP, --readgroup=READGROUP Specify read group information. This affects sam format only. Example: -r 'ID:1 PL:ILLUMINA SM:mysample'
-l CHARS, --linesize=CHARS Write CHARS characters per line. This affects blast and html formats only.

Hints for sam/bam