.FA File Extension

FASTA Sequence File

Files with .fa extension use FASTA format for storage of multiple sequences. The most popular program to handle .fa files is SnapGene. FA is one of 1326 file types given this extension. Files named FA...

General Information

Title FASTA File Extension
Extension .fa
Full Form FASTA Sequence File
File Type Text-based Sequence File
Developer Bioinformatics Community
MIME Type text/x-fasta

File Function

Primary Function Store sequences
Additional Functions Bioinformatics analysis
Features Text-readable, Simple format

File Characteristics

Quality Text quality
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Genomic Research Yes
Proteomics Yes
Sequence Analysis Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Data integrity
Best Practices Validation, Sanitization

Historical/Version Information

Initial Use 1980s
Format Evolution Ad hoc, Standardized

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .fasta, .fna, .ffn, .faa, .frn

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
NCBI BLAST Free Web-based
Clustal Omega Free Windows, Mac, Linux
BioEdit Free Windows