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Glycan Builder is a software tool that allows users to draw glycan structures and calculate their m/z value. The tool is available in three formats: HTML 5, Java Swing Applet, Java Standalone tool. Glycan Builder is also integrated into its sister tool GlycoWorkbench. The Swing based implementations of Glycan Builder were originally developed as part of the EUROCarbDB project. This web-site is concerned with the newer HTML 5 based implementation, for the Swing implementations, please see Google Code.


How to cite

If you are using GlycanBuilder to aid your research or to prepare figures for inclusion in publications please cite the following papers.

Damerell D, Ceroni A, Maass K, Ranzinger R, Dell A, Haslam SM. 
The GlycanBuilder and GlycoWorkbench glycoinformatics tools: updates and new developments. Biol Chem. 
2012 Nov;393(11):1357-62. doi: 10.1515/hsz-2012-0135.
Ceroni A, Dell A, Haslam SM. 
The GlycanBuilder: a fast, intuitive and flexible software tool for building and displaying glycan structures. Source Code
Biol Med. 2007 Aug 7;2:3. PubMed PMID: 17683623; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1994674. 


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UniCarbKB - Demo


You will need Java >= 1.7 to run the web-based version of Glycan Builder



Download and run the Windows installer which will install Glycan Builder into your AppData directory and place a Short Cut on your desktop


Download and unpack the GlycanBuilder package - launch with run.bat


Linux and Mac OS/X users first need to download Apache Tomcat and the download the GlycanBuilder war file to the webapps directory of the Tomcat installation.

Glycan Builder will be accessible at the following URL http:localhost:8080/GlycanBuilder

Developer Instructions

Please go here