Overview

You can always export your files from Benchling directly to your computer. Take a look below for instructions to export files in different ways. Try any of the ways we’ve outlined below.

File Formats

DNA Files: DNA Files on Benchling can be exported as GenBank files. When importing individual sequences DNA can be exported as GenBank, Fasta, SBOL RDF, or as Vector Plasmid Map.

Notebook Entries: Notebook entries are exported as PDFs or HTML files. Plasmid maps within entires are exported as GenBank files. Protocols linked to an entry are also exported as PDF files.

Overview: Benchling’s Export Data tool lets you batch export files. You can export all your files. Alternatively, selectively export notebook entries, sequences, and oligos from a specific folders or projects.

  • Note: Exporting DNA sequences this way will export them as GenBank files or GenBank files in a zipped folder.

Go to your homepage and click the profile button on the main left control panel. Click the Export Data button to launch the tool.


Toggle the file types you are trying to export. Click the drop down menu to select which projects or folders you want to export files from. Hit Export once you’re finished. Your files will be emailed to you.

Exporting a Project or Folder

Overview: You can also export an entire project or folder at once.

  1. To export a project (or folder), click the Projects icon, and navigate to the folder or project you want to export.
  2. Click on the folder or project, expanding it. Click on Manage at the top right.
  3. Click on the Export Folder button at the bottom of the modal.

Exporting an Entry

  1. Open a lab notebook entry and click the Information icon on the right.
  2. At the bottom of the panel, click "Export Entry."
  3. A PDF export of the entry will be emailed to you.

Exporting a DNA File

  1. Open a file and click the Information icon on the right.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the panel and locate the Format drop down menu and download button
  3. Press Download to download a copy of your sequence.
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