Dendroscope - a program for analyzing and visualizing rooted phylogenetic trees and networks

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Dendroscope is a Java program for working with rooted phylogenetic trees and networks. It provides a number of methods for drawing and comparing rooted phylogenetic networks, and for computing them from rooted trees. The program can be used interactively or in command-line mode. Installers for all 3 major operating systems can be downloaded from

Authors and Contributors

Most of the code was written by Daniel Huson (@danielhuson) as part of his research as Professor of Algorithms in Bioinformatics at the University of Tuebingen. Some code was contributed by Celine Scornavacca, Benjamin Albrecht, Leo van Iersel, Phillippe Gambette and some students (see the source files for details).


The software is described in: Huson D.H. and C. Scornavacca. Dendroscope 3: an interactive tool for rooted phylogenetic trees and networks. Syst Biol. 2012 Dec 1;61(6):1061-7. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/sys062.