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MacVector 18.2 For Existing Customers

MacVector 18.2 is now available for download by qualified customers. To run MacVector 18.2, you must have a maintenance contract with MacVector Inc that was active on August 1st 2021, or have purchased an upgrade since that time. To see if you will be able to run MacVector 18.2 using your existing MacVector license, start MacVector, then choose "About MacVector" from the "MacVector" menu. You will see your license information displayed in the splash screen;


If your "Maintenance Ends:" date reads August 1, 2021 or later, you will be able to run MacVector 18.2. If not, you can register to download the trial version, then contact your local MacVector account manager ( to learn about upgrade options.

All customers who are eligible to run MacVector 18.2 should use this link to download the MacVector 18.2 installer.

MacVector 18.6 Released!

This new release of MacVector allows direct optimization of CDS coding regions, automated phrap sub-assemblies and support for graphical appearance information in GenBank formatted sequence files. As usual, there a numerous minor and not-so minor workflow enhancements. Check if you are eligible for the new release and then download the full installer.

MacVector 18.5 Released!

Along with the usual collection of bug fixes and minor enhancements, MacVector 18.5 has a new heterozygote analysis and base-calling function to find and report mixed residues in Sanger sequencing files. Check if you are eligible for the new release and then download the full installer.

MacVector 18.2 Released!

MacVector 18.2 contains enhancements to the Align to Reference interface and algorithm, improvements to the display of context-sensitive menus and the ability to create Primer Database files from Excel data. You can read about the new functionality and check your eligibility. The full installer can be found on this page.

macOS 10.16 Big Sur

MacVector 17 and later are not only fully supported and compatible with Apple's latest OS release, macOS Big Sur, but also support Dark Mode and use the latest Apple signing and notarization procedures so you can be sure you are using an authentic copy. Earlier versions of MacVector can't do this. So why not upgrade?

What Has Changed Since My Version?

Check out this link for a list of the new features introduced in each version going all of the way back to MacVector 10.0.

MacVector Cloning Edition

There is a cost-effective version of MacVector available, targeted at users who want the power of MacVector's graphical annotation, clone construction and primer design tools, but without all of the bells and whistles of the full version. Click here for details of the Cloning Edition. Which edition is right for you? Here's a handy functional comparison chart.

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Check out our Getting Started Guide

There's a useful Getting Started Guide to help new users get going with MacVector.

MacVector Blog

We have a blog with contributions from a selection of MacVector, Inc staff discussing a variety of subjects from OS X through bioinformatics, to the challenges of running a small multi-national company.