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The FASTA file format used to store polymeric sequence data has become a bioinformatics file standard used for decades. The relatively large files require additional files beyond the scope of the original format, to identify sequences and provide random access. Currently, multiple compressors have been developed to archive FASTA files back and forth, but these lack direct access to targeted content or metadata of the archive. Moreover, these solutions are not directly backwards compatible todoi:10.1101/2020.11.11.377689 fatcat:4es44ocbanhhnko3nt4ll4o4ya