A C++ library for parsing and manipulating VCF files
The Variant Call Format (VCF) is a flat-file, tab-delimited textual format
intended to concisely describe reference-indexed variations between
individuals. VCF provides a common interchange format for the description of
variation in individuals and populations of samples, and has become the
defacto standard reporting format for a wide array of genomic variant detectors.
vcflib provides methods to manipulate and interpret sequence variation as it
can be described by VCF. It is both:
- an API for parsing and operating on records of genomic variation as it can be
described by the VCF format,
- and a collection of command-line utilities for executing complex
manipulations on VCF files.
The API itself provides a quick and extremely permissive method to read and
write VCF files. Extensions and applications of the library provided in the
included utilities (*.cpp) comprise the vast bulk of the library's utility
for most users.