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This document explains how you can add a new image to the IGB start screen. Note that if there is no corresponding genome version available for the new species from an IGBQuickLoad site, the shortcut will likely fail.

Table of Contents

Setting up

Fork the repository and clone a copy onto your local computer. See Developing IGB.

View examples of IGB start screen images in core/common/src/main/resources/images in your local copy.

Create start screen image

Find or create a non-copyrighted image to represent the species.  


  • PNG format
  • 250 pixels wide and 250 pixels tall
  • resolution 72 pixels per inch (DPI)

Add the image and image credits to the repository

The image file name must match the genome version, minus the date and year information. For example, the image representing the latest human genome version is named H_sapiens.png. Likewise, the image representing the japonica rice genome is named O_sativa_japonica.png.


  • Add and commit the file to core/common/src/main/resources/images
  • Edit the file named image credits - record the source of the original image.

Add image and species to start screen configuration file

The start screen reads its data set configuration from a plain text file named display_species.txt, which resides in core/common/src/main/resources.