The anvi'o 'contigs' workflow

From FASTA files to annotated anvi'o contigs databases

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Artifacts accepted

The contigs can typically be initiated with the following artifacts:

workflow-config fasta-txt

Artifacts produced

The contigs typically produce the following anvi’o artifacts:


Third party programs

This is a list of programs that may be used by the contigs workflow depending on the user settings in the workflow-config :

An anvi’o installation that follows the recommendations on the installation page will include all these programs. But please consider your settings, and cite these additional tools from your methods sections.

Workflow description and usage

This workflow is extremely useful if you have one or more fasta files that describe one or more contig sequences for your genomes or assembled metagenomes, and all you want to turn them into contigs-db files.

If you have not yet run anvi’o programs anvi-setup-ncbi-cogs and anvi-setup-scg-taxonomy on your system yet, you will get a cryptic error from this workflow if you run it with the default workflow-config. You can avoid this by first running these two anvi’o programs to setup the necessary databases (which is done only once for every anvi’o installation), or set the rules for COG functions and/or SCG taxonomy to run=false explicitly.

To start things going with this workflow, first ask anvi’o to give you a default workflow-config file for the contigs workflow:

anvi-run-workflow -w contigs \
                  --get-default-config config-contigs-default.json

This will generate a file in your work directory called config-contigs-default.json. You should investigate its contents, and familiarize youself with it. It should look something like this, but much longer: and you could examine its content to find out all possible options to tweak. We included a much simpler config file, config-contigs.json, in the mock data package for the sake of demonstrating how the contigs workflow works:

    "workflow_name": "contigs",
    "config_version": "2",
    "fasta_txt": "fasta.txt",
    "output_dirs": {
        "FASTA_DIR": "01_FASTA",
        "CONTIGS_DIR": "02_CONTIGS",
        "LOGS_DIR": "00_LOGS"

The only mandatory thing you need to do is to (1) manually create a fasta-txt file to describe the name and location of each FASTA file you wish to work with, and (2) make sure the fasta_txt variable in your workflow-config point to the location of your fasta-txt.

To see if everything looks alright, you can simply run the following command, which should generate a ‘workflow graph’ for you, given your config file parameters and input files:

anvi-run-workflow -w contigs \
                  -c config-contigs.json \

For the example config file shown above, this command will generate something similar to this:


Please note that the generation of this workflow graph requires the usage of a program called dot. If you are using MAC OSX, you can use dot by installing graphviz through brew or conda.

If everything looks alright, you can run this workflow the following way:

anvi-run-workflow -w contigs \
                  -c config-contigs.json

If everything goes smoothly, you should see happy messages flowing on your screen, and at the end of it all you should see your contigs databases are generated and annotated properly. At the end of this process, you will have all your contigs-db files in the 02_CONTIGS directory (as per the instructions in the config file, which you can change). You can use the program anvi-display-contigs-stats on one of them to see if everything makes sense.

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