Build, share, and embed visualizations of biological pathways.

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EscherConverter is a standalone program that reads files created with Escher and converts them to files in community standard formats.

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  1. What is Escher?

    Escher is a web-based tool for building, viewing, and sharing visualizations of biological pathways. These 'pathway maps' are a great way to contextualize data about metabolism. To get started, load a map by clicking the Load Map button above, or visit the documentation to learn more.

  2. How do I cite Escher?

    You can help support Escher by citing our publication when you use Escher or EscherConverter:

    Zachary A. King, Andreas Dräger, Ali Ebrahim, Nikolaus Sonnenschein, Nathan E. Lewis, and Bernhard O. Palsson (2015) Escher: A web application for building, sharing, and embedding data-rich visualizations of biological pathways, PLOS Computational Biology 11(8): e1004321. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004321

  3. Are there more maps available? Can I contribute maps?

    We will be uploading maps for all of the organisms in the BiGG database. If you would like to contribute maps, there is a guide available in the documentation.

  4. How is Escher licensed?

    Escher and EscherConverter are distributed under the MIT license.

  5. What browsers can I use?

    We recommend using Google Chrome for optimal performance, but Escher will also run in the latest versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari (including mobile Safari).

  6. I have more questions. Who do I ask?

    Visit the documentation to get started with Escher and explore the API. You can follow @zakandrewking for Escher updates. If you find bugs or would like to contribute to the project, feel free to submit an issue and or a pull request on Github.