What is a .VCF File And How To Open It – 1000 Genomes Project (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .vcf extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .vcf file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .VCF file?

The file extension .VCF is Variant Call Format File. This file extension belongs to the developer 1000 Genomes Project. The format of this file is text, and it is a text related file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .vcf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .VCF file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .VCF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .VCF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .vcf file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the GitHub Atom software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Microsoft Notepad and GitHub Atom.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VCF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GitHub Atom software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .VCF file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .vcf file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GitHub Atom software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple TextEdit and GitHub Atom.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .VCF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GitHub Atom software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .VCF file on Linux

The .vcf file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the GitHub Atom software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Vim and GitHub Atom.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .VCF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GitHub Atom software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .VCF file?

If you cannot open the .VCF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .VCF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .vcf – vCard File. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .VCF file with the GitHub Atom, Microsoft Notepad programs on Windows, GitHub Atom, Apple TextEdit programs on Mac and GitHub Atom, Vim software on Linux.