Algorithms in Bioinformatics


An interactive viewer for rooted phylogenetic trees and networks


Researchers studying phylogenetic relationships need software that is able to visualize rooted phylogenetic trees and networks efficiently, increasingly of large datasets involving hundreds of thousands of taxa. The program should be user friendly (easy to run on all popular operating systems), facilitate interactive browsing and editing the trees and allow one to export the result in multiple file formats in publication quality. In addition, there is a need for a program that allows one to compute rooted phylogenetic networks from trees.

We have developed the platform independent tree and rooted network viewer Dendroscope that addresses these issues.

Feature List:


Download an installer for linux, MacOS X or Windows for version 3 Download.​​​​​​

(Version two is still available here).

You can test the performance of the program on the NCBI taxonomy.


The new networks capabilities introduced in version 3 are based on the following papers:

If you have any comments or questions then please write us an email.


Same tree - seven different views: Rectangular Phylogram, Rectangular Cladogram, Slanted Cladogram, Circular Phylogram, Circular Cladogram, Radial Phylogram and Radial Cladogram:

Part of the NCBI taxonomy showing Homo sapiens and his relatives without the magnifier:

Same detail of previous tree with the magnifier turned on:

Tanglegram for two trees: