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Since the original publication of the VCF and SAM formats, an explosion of software tools have been created to process these data files. To facilitate this a library was produced out of the original SAMtools implementation, with a focus on performance and robustness. The file formats themselves have become international standards under the jurisdiction of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health. We present a software library for providing programmatic access to sequencing alignment anddoi:10.1093/gigascience/giab007 pmid:33594436 pmcid:PMC7931820 fatcat:sxbk4myxvzajbl2zg27vf3jqzu