File Extension Library

.FASTA File Extension

  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .FASTA file?

.FASTA file extension has been classified as Data Files. The format of .FASTA file is Text

.FASTA is FASTA Sequence File

Scientific data format used to store nucleic acid sequences (such as DNA sequences) or protein sequences; may contain multiple sequences and therefore is sometimes referred to as the FASTA database format; can be viewed and analyzed using DNA analysis software.

FASTA files often start with a header line that may contain comments or other information. The rest of the file contains sequence data. Each sequence starts with a ">" symbol followed by the name of the sequence. The rest of the line describes the sequence and the remaining lines contain the sequence itself.

List of all softwares that can open the FASTA Sequence File
GSL Biotech SnapGene
Heracle BioSoft DNA Baser
GeneStudio SeqVerter
Genome Compiler
Heracle BioSoft DNA Baser Sequence Assembler
GSL Biotech SnapGene
Genome Compiler
EMBOSS abiview
Genome Compiler

How to Open .FASTA file on different platforms

Open .FASTA File on Windows

  • Right-click a .FASTA
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .FASTA file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .FASTA files" Press "Ok"

Open .FASTA File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .FASTA file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .FASTA File on Linux

Right click on the .FASTA file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .FASTA File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .FASTA file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .FASTA File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .FASTA files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .FASTA files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .FASTA files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .FASTA file format
  2. You need to check the .FASTA file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)