Question: blastn staxids returning N/A
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3.7 years ago by
sharde210 wrote:

Every time I try to run Blastn with 'staxids' specified in the outfmt section, I only get a file full of 'N/A's on ever line! Can someone please explain how they have been able to extracts Taxids when using blastn? I've already downloaded taxbd and exported the BLASTDB variable containing the path to me Taxonomic database. here is an example of how I've used the command:

blastn -db /nt -query test.fa -out test.results -outfmt '6 staxids' -perc_identity 90 -max_target_seqs 1
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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.1 years ago by cpantony10 • written 3.7 years ago by sharde210

I got the same problem ..

ADD REPLYlink written 3.6 years ago by Picasa540

Please use ADD COMMENT, this is not an answer.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.6 years ago by Michael Dondrup47k

I have done the same and it works as expected. You are possibly not using the database you want to use. Which version of nt database and blast are you really using?

ADD REPLYlink written 3.6 years ago by Michael Dondrup47k

I am using the nt database downloaded from the ncbi site (downloaded using and my blast version is 2.5.0 x64-linux.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.6 years ago by sharde210
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3.1 years ago by
cpantony10 wrote:


I struggled with this same problem for a few hours or so..Then I did the following (I'm using ncbi-blast-2.3.0+ version):

/home/tools/ncbi-blast-2.3.0+/bin/ --decompress nt       (This step can take a few hours to complete)
/home/tools/ncbi-blast-2.3.0+/bin/ taxdb
/home/tools/ncbi-blast-2.3.0+/bin/tar -xzf taxdb.tar.gz
#Downloaded from here

Added the following line to my .bashrc and sourced it:

export BLASTDB='/home/tools/ncbi-blast-2.3.0+/bin'

Also, made a new file .ncbirc with the following content



I think doing either of the above two steps will work but I did both anyways!

Not sure if this step is necessary in any way (perhaps this is me being superstitious/plain dumb) but I did this too anyways: Copied taxdb.btd and taxdb.bti from /bin to also where my query fasta file was.

I don't anymore get staxids as N/A while doing blastn. Hope this helps you folks!

ADD COMMENTlink modified 21 months ago by h.mon30k • written 3.1 years ago by cpantony10
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