# BioPerl module for Bio::SearchIO::hmmer
# Please direct questions and support issues to <bioperl-l@bioperl.org>
# Cared for by Kai Blin <kai.blin@biotech.uni-tuebingen.de>
# Copyright Kai Blin
# You may distribute this module under the same terms as perl itself
# POD documentation - main docs before the code

=head1 NAME

Bio::SearchIO::hmmer - A parser for HMMER2 and HMMER3 output (hmmscan, hmmsearch, hmmpfam)


    # do not use this class directly it is available through Bio::SearchIO
    use Bio::SearchIO;
    my $in = Bio::SearchIO->new(-format => 'hmmer',
                               -file   => 't/data/L77119.hmmer');
    while( my $result = $in->next_result ) {
        # this is a Bio::Search::Result::HMMERResult object
        print $result->query_name(), " for HMM ", $result->hmm_name(), "\n";
        while( my $hit = $result->next_hit ) {
            print $hit->name(), "\n";
            while( my $hsp = $hit->next_hsp ) {
                print "length is ", $hsp->length(), "\n";


This object implements a parser for HMMER output. It works with both HMMER2 and HMMER3


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=head1 AUTHOR - Kai Blin

Email kai.blin-at-biotech.uni-tuebingen.de


The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods.
Internal methods are usually preceded with a _


# Let the code begin...

package Bio::SearchIO::hmmer;
$Bio::SearchIO::hmmer::VERSION = '1.7.3';
use strict;

use Bio::Factory::ObjectFactory;

use base qw(Bio::SearchIO);

sub new {
  my ( $caller, @args ) = @_;
  my $class = ref($caller) || $caller;

  my $self = $class->SUPER::new(@args);

  # Try to guess the hmmer format version if it's not specified.
  my $version;
  my %param = @args;

  @param{ map { lc $_ } keys %param } = values %param; # lowercase keys

  # If the caller specified a version, go for that
  if (defined($param{"-version"})) {
    $version = $param{"-version"};
  } else {

    # read second line of the file
    my $first_line = $self->_readline;
    $_ = $self->_readline;

    if ( m/HMMER\s3/ ) {
      $version = "3";
    } else {
      $version = "2";


  my $format = "hmmer$version";
  return unless( $class->_load_format_module($format) );

  bless($self, "Bio::SearchIO::$format");

  return $self;

sub _initialize {
    my ( $self, @args ) = @_;
    my $handler = $self->_eventHandler;
            -type      => 'Bio::Search::Result::HMMERResult',
            -interface => 'Bio::Search::Result::ResultI'

            -type      => 'Bio::Search::Hit::HMMERHit',
            -interface => 'Bio::Search::Hit::HitI'

            -type      => 'Bio::Search::HSP::HMMERHSP',
            -interface => 'Bio::Search::HSP::HSPI'