Downloading Mauve

Mauve is free of charge, open-source software licensed under the GNU GPL.

The current version of Mauve is 2.4.0, released on December 21st 2014. The 2.x release series incorporates an accurate new alignment algorithm called progressiveMauve. For a more comprehensive list of changes and new features, see the Mauve version history. Unfortunately the 2.4.0 release has a buggy interaction with the boost C++ libraries that causes frequent crashes, therefore it is suggested that the development snapshots linked below be used until the next release. Mauve 2.4.0 can still be found in the release archive linked below.

Mauve development snapshots

Windows   Mauve 2015-02-26   other programs
Linux   Mauve 2015-02-13   other programs
Mac OS X 10.7+   Mauve 2015-02-25   other programs

The latest development snapshots may contain recent bugfixes. The complete archive of snapshots is available here.

Unsupported platforms

Previous releases of Mauve for older versions of Apple hardware that are no longer supported:

Mac OS X 10.4-10.6   Mauve 2.3.1
Mac OS X 10.3.9   Mauve 2.3.1

Mauve release archive

An archive of earlier Mauve releases for all platforms is available


We provide a Mauve User’s Guide containing detailed information on how to operate the Mauve software.


After installing Mauve, we suggest subscribing to the mauve-announce and mauve-users mailing lists. The mauve-announce mailing list is a low-traffic list on which we make announcements about new software versions with bug fixes and new features. The mauve-users list is a general discussion forum for users of the Mauve software to communicate with each other and resolve usage issues.

Prior to posting a usage-related question about Mauve to the mauve-users list, please search the mauve-users list archives for previous discussion related to the topic. Try google. Your question may already have been answered.

Alternatively, you might seek advice from the broader informatics community at biostars or seqanswers.

Open-source development

Our open-source development project is hosted at

The Mauve developer guide contains instructions on downloading and compiling the Mauve source code.