[Biojava-l] Load NCBI Taxonomy data using BioJava

Michael Heuer heuermh at gmail.com
Tue Mar 17 15:28:10 UTC 2015

Hello Dr. González,

The link below related to the BioJavaX libraries is in fact for the 1.x
series of BioJava releases (also known as biojava-legacy).

The 1.x download page is here

I just cut a version 1.9.2 last Friday and haven't updated the wiki yet, so
if you're using Maven, try e.g.


The other jars are listed here, look for version 1.9.2



On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 6:01 AM, Alejandro Rodríguez González <
alejandro at alejandrorg.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> First of all, apologies if this question has been already answered or
> seems silly. I'm new using BioJava and I've been trying to do this for a
> couple of days but I don't find any answer/solution.
> I just want to load NCBI Taxonomy content (names.dmp and nodes.dmp, as I
> saw in the documentation (
> http://biojava.org/wiki/BioJava:BioJavaXDocs#NCBI_Taxonomy_loader.))
> using BioJava in order to query the taxonomy data.
> In the wiki I found an example about how to "start" the loading process (
> http://biojava.org/wiki/BioJava:BioJavaXDocs#NCBI_Taxonomy_data) but I
> realized that these classes doesn't exists in current Jars. I download all
> the jars and import all of them (because I didn't know if I only need core
> or any extra one) but the class is missing. I also see that Javadoc of 4.0
> version (http://www.biojava.org/docs/api4.0.0/) doesn't have the classes
> mentioned in the example neither.
> Searching I found that these classes seem to be classes of an older
> BioJava version (1.5, 1.7, ..).
> I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or just is that this part of the
> wiki has not been updated or..? any clue?
> If any of you, by the way, have some example of code working with ncbi
> taxonomy that can provide me it would be very helpful.
> Cheers
> --
> Dr. Alejandro Rodríguez González - PhD
> Bioinformatics at Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics UPM-INIA
> Polytechnic University of Madrid
> http://www.alejandrorg.com
> Phone: +34 914524900 . Ext: 25550
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