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KING Download

The current stable release is KING version 1.4. Older versions and the latest beta version 1.9 are available here. If you would like to use KING please e-mail Dr. Chen at wmchen AT virginia DOT edu

Precompiled Binaries

Linux-king.tar.gz   For GNU/LINUX 64 bit systems    For Windows Workstations
Mac-king.tar.gz     For Mac Workstations
Ubuntu-king.tar.gz  For Ubuntu 32 bit systems

Use "tar -xzvf Linux-king.tar.gz" or "unzip" to unzip compressed executable files. If your platform is not included here, you are welcome to contact Dr. Wei-Min Chen.

A GWAS Dataset As an Example

The example dataset used in the KING tutorial can be downloaded here: ex.bgeno [6.7MB]. This file includes 11 HapMap samples (1 CEU trio, 2 YRI trios, 1 CHB and 1 JPT), each genotyped at 2,439,786 SNPs. In order to save the analysis time and disk space, a KING binary format is used for the example data intead of the more straightfoward Merlin format. One can use "king -b ex.bgeno --merlin" to convert the downloaded binary data to a standard Merlin format.


If you find KING helpful, please cite

Manichaikul A, Mychaleckyj JC, Rich SS, Daly K, Sale M, Chen WM (2010) Robust relationship inference in genome-wide association studies. Bioinformatics 26(22):2867-2873 [Abstract] [PDF]

Last updated: October 2015 by Wei-Min Chen


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