Plasmids are stably maintained extra-chromosomal genetic elements that replicate independently from the host cell’s chromosomes. Although plasmids harbor biomedically important genes, (such as genes involved in virulence and antibiotics resistance), there is a shortage of specialized software tools for extracting and assembling plasmid data from whole genome sequencing projects.

plasmidSPAdes is software tool for assembling plasmids from whole genome sequencing data.


plasmidSPAdes is publicly available as a part of SPAdes package.


In case of any questions, suggestions, bug reports, please write to  or directly to Dmitry Antipov.


  1. Antipov D. , Bushmanova E. , Dvorkina T. , Gurevich A. , Kunyavskaya O. , Shlemov A., Lapidus A. , Meleshko D. , Nurk S. , Prjibelski A. , Korobeynikov A. SPAdes Family of Tools for Genome Assembly and Analysis (poster), 2019
  2. Antipov D. , Rayko M. , Lapidus A. L. , Korobeynikov A. metaplasmidSPAdes: Plasmid Detection and Assembly in Genomic and Metagenomic Datasets (talk), 2019
  3. Antipov D. Plasmid Detection and Assembly in Genomic and Metagenomic Datasets (talk), 2018
  4. Antipov D., Hartwick N., Shen M., Raiko M., Lapidus A., Pevzner P. A. plasmidSPAdes: Assembling Plasmids from Whole Genome Sequencing Data. Bioinformatics, 2016