StarPep software & database


StarPepDB is an integrated graph database holding bioactive peptides and metadata from a large variety of biological data sources. The collected data from such heterogeneous data sources are cleaned, standardized, and merged so that it can be released into the proposed organized collection. In addition to this outcome, this graph database is embedded in the software application named starPep toolbox, which allows querying, filtering, visualizing, and analyzing the integrated data taking advantage of network-based representations.

Research topic

System requirements

  • Hardware
    • Memory (RAM): A minimum of 4 GB is required, but we recommend 8GB or more.
    • Processors: We recommend a multi-core processor due to the fact that the software has been implemented to enable parallel processing of computationally intensive tasks.
    • Hard Disk: a minimum of 500 MB of free space is required for the database.
  • Software
    • Java SE Runtime Environment 8 on the target system.


Link Version File size
StarPep - User Guide (536 downloads) 0.8 4 MB
StarPep - Zip distribution (531 downloads) 0.8.5 209 MB
StarPep - Windows installer (786 downloads) 0.8.5 129 MB
StarPep - Linux installer (587 downloads) 0.8.5 128 MB
StarPep - MacOS installer (346 downloads) 0.8.5 128 MB



  • Aguilera-Mendoza, L., Marrero-Ponce, Y., Beltran, J. A., Tellez Ibarra, R., Guillen-Ramirez, H. A., & Brizuela, C. A.. Graph-Based data integration from bioactive peptide databases of pharmaceutical interest: towards an organized collection enabling visual network analysis. Bioinformatics, 2019 Nov 1;35(22):4739-4747.
  • Aguilera-Mendoza, L., Marrero-Ponce, Y., Garcia-Jacas C. R., Chavez, E., Beltran, J. A., Guillen-Ramirez, H. A., & Brizuela, C. A. Automatic construction of similarity networks for visual graph mining of bioactive peptides: an unsupervised learning approach. (submitted paper), 01 2020.


  1. Is starPep toolbox compatible with Java 11?
    starPep toolbox does not yet support Java 11, and it will not work with any version of Java > 8.
  2. How do I configure starPep toolbox to run on Java 8?
    If you have multiple Java versions installed on your system, please find the etc/starPep.conf file in the installed directory and configure the jdkhome=”/path/to/jdk” accordingly. The symbol “#” at the beginint of the line means that it is commented out, please remove it.


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