PacBio bioinformatics file formats¶
PacBio uses the industry standard BAM format for (both aligned and unaligned) read data files. We have also formulated a BAM companion file format (bam.pbi) enabling fast access to a richer set of per-read information.
Internal file formats¶
We occasionally make changes to these file format specifications so we recommend using PacBio-authored APIs to access these file types.
Data Model XSD¶
For completeness, here is the PacBio data model XSD.