The File Extensions Database

.GENBANK File Extension

  • Developer by: National Center for Biotechnology Information
  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .GENBANK file?

.GENBANK is GenBank Data File

Sequence file format used to store DNA and protein sequences; stores information for one or more sequences; also contains metadata such as annotations, comments, and references.

The GenBank format was developed by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). It is widely used by public databases and is considered by many to be the standard DNA and protein sequence file format.

NOTE: GenBank sequence files also use the .GB file extension and more commonly, the .GBK extension.

Programs that open GenBank Data File
Heracle BioSoft DNA Baser
Genome Compiler
Genome Compiler
Genome Compiler

How to solve problems with GENBANK files

  • Associate the GENBANK file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any GENBANK file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.GENBANK files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the GENBANK file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .GENBANK is GenBank Data File. Because only the current version supports the latest GENBANK file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the National Center for Biotechnology Information manufacturer website after an available .GENBANK is GenBank Data File update.
  • To make sure that your GENBANK file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.