Launch the ADB

The ADB tool suite is a Java Web Start (JWS) application that is downloaded and installed locally on your machine. Every time you launch the ADB the local Java Runtime Environment (JRE) will install any newer version of the software that may reside on the server. This automatic update feature guarantees that you are always running the most recent version of the software.

We highly advise that you watch the short Video Tutorials to familiarize yourself with the tools before trying to use them.

Note that if you do not have the option to open the .jnlp with the Java(TM) Web Start Launcher or if nothing happens, then you need to install the latest version of the Java JRE for your browser. Go to Java.com and click on the Free Java Download button and follow the instructions.

To securely run Java, we advise that you use Java 8 Update 60 or later. If you are having difficulty starting the ADB in your browser, please check-out our Java Web Start Troubleshooting page.

We provide 2 different launches that differ only by their memory footprints. The 2Gig ADB Launch is sufficient for most users. However, the higher memory 4Gig footprint will provide better performance for some ADB operations.

Notice: Mac Users – If you get the notice that “adb-2G.jnlp” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, then the easiest solution is to do the following:
1. Control-click on a button below and select “Save Link As…”.
2. Save the JNLP file to your Desktop.
3. Go to the Desktop, control-click on the saved JNLP file, and select “Open”.
4. When prompted with “Are you sure you want to open it?”, choose “Open” again.
5. Whenever you want to launch the ADB again, you should control-click on the JNLP file on your desktop and select “Open”.

 

  • for medium memory machines that will NOT be creating human dbSNP interval trees (recommended for most users)
  • requires a 64-bit JRE and sometimes a 64-bit browser
  • note: If you have a 64-bit JRE but the ADB fails to start from the browser, simply save the JNLP file to the desktop and then double-click on the JNLP icon on the desktop to run the ADB outside of the browser.
  • for high memory machines that WILL be creating human dbSNP interval trees (for rare users)
  • requires a 64-bit JRE and sometimes a 64-bit browser
  • note: If you have a 64-bit JRE but the ADB fails to start from the browser, simply save the JNLP file to the desktop and then double-click on the JNLP icon on the desktop to run the ADB outside of the browser.