Downloading Results of ConSurf Jobs
for display in FirstGlance in Jmol,

and for
Using and Customizing the Downloaded Files.
Making Presentations Showing ConSurf Results.

Download the PDB File here
  for this ConSurf Job:

  Save Target/Link As.

Results must be downloaded before
they are removed from the server.
    How to download this ConSurf result:

  1. Decide where, on your computer, you want to put your downloaded ConSurf results, and create a folder (directory) for them. We recommend that this folder be named consurf/pdb_only. If you use a different folder name, substitute that name wherever consurf/pdb_only is mentioned below.

  2. Download from one of these two places:
    1. Follow the instructions at the top left of this page, where you will find a link for downloading.
    2. The ConSurf Job Status & Results page has a link (near the bottom) for downloading the The PDB file with ConSurf results in its Header, for FirstGlance in Jmol or Protein Explorer. In MS Windows, right click on this link, and select Save Target/Link As.

        We strongly recommend that you keep the original filename, of the form 1xxx_consurf0000000000_pipe.pdb, where "1xxx" is the PDB identification code, "0000000000" is the ConSurf job number, and the ending "_pipe.pdb" is required by Protein Explorer. These names alphabetize by PDB code, and within jobs for the same PDB code, by job number.

        Using either link listed above to save the PDB file ensures that the filename will be correct. (If you save the file directly from Jmol's menu, the filename may not be correct.)

  3. The previous step saves only the visualization result and job parameters, but not the ConSurf Job Status Page nor the several text files linked to it, including "Amino Acid Conservation Scores", "PSI-BLAST Output", "The Homologues found by PSI-BLAST (in FASTA format)", "Multiple Sequence Alignment (in Clustal format)", and "Phylogenetic Tree". These pages can be saved separately if you wish (using your browser's File, Save (Page) As).

    Using your downloaded ConSurf results.

  4. Simply go to, and click on Upload your own PDB file. Use the Browse button to find your saved ConSurf PDB file, and then click View in FirstGlance.
  5. Optionally, you can make an HTML ("web browser") page with links to your saved ConSurf results. This enables you to add some description to each result, and to order the results as you wish. Examples of such links are in the Gallery and Technical Gallery, available at FirstGlance's main page. This requires that you have an account on an HTTP server, and that you know how to use an HTML editor to make hyperlinks in an HTML document. FirstGlance includes instructions on how to format these links to specify your saved PDB files. The saved PDB files must be on an HTTP server along with your HTML page containing the links, in order to work with FirstGlance.

    Changing the conservation color scheme in your downloaded ConSurf results

    ConSurf's Color Scheme

    Color Scheme Inspired by MSA3D
  6. ConSurf uses a series of nine colors from turquoise through white through burgandy to represent conservation grades from variable through conserved, respectively. Changing this color scheme in your downloaded PDB file is relatively simple. At right is shown an alternative color scheme inspired by the earlier (now obsolete) ProteinExplorer's MSA3D (in which grades 4, 5, and 6 use the same color).

Feedback to Eric Martz.