Concatenated DTA to Mascot Generic File (MGF) File Converter

Command-line utility that reads in a _Dta.txt file and creates the equivalent Mascot Generic Format (MGF) file. _Dta.txt files are large text files that contain numerous .Dta files, all concatenated together.


This format is in common use at PNNL (see this Example _DTA.txt file). The MGF file format is a common text file format for listing peak lists of mass spectrometry data (lists of mass and intensity pairs), generally from MS/MS spectra. For more information, see Matrix Science’s Data File Format page


Software Instructions

Run DtaTextToMGF_Installer.msi to install the application. This is a command-line (console) application and thus does not have a GUI. For more information on using command line applications, see the Command Line Application help page.


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These programs are primarily designed to run on Windows machines. Please use them at your own risk. This material was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor the United States Department of Energy, nor Battelle, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness or any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.

Portions of this research were supported by the NIH National Center for Research Resources (Grant RR018522), the W.R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (a national scientific user facility sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at PNNL), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/DHHS through interagency agreement Y1-AI-4894-01). PNNL is operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC05-76RL0 1830.

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