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A tool to align RNA-seq data. The STAR algorithm uses suffix arrays, seed clustering, and stitching. It can detect non-canonical splice sites, chimeric sequences, and can also map full-length RNA sequences.


RNA-seq; Transcriptomics


  • Operation: Sequence alignment
  • Software interface: Command-line user interface
  • Language: C++
  • Operating system: Linux; Mac OS X
  • License: The MIT License
  • Cost: Free
  • Version name: 2.7.3a
  • Maturity: Mature
  • Credit: The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • Contact: dobin _at_
  • Collection: -


Dobin A, Davis CA, Schlesinger F, Drenkow J, Zaleski C, Jha S, Batut P, Chaisson M, Gingeras TR "STAR: ultrafast universal RNA-seq aligner." Bioinformatics. 2013 Jan 1;29(1):15-21. 2012 Oct 25.
PMID: 23104886
PMCID: PMC3530905

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