Centre for Computational Evolution

BEAST v2.6.0 major update is out

11 July 2019

Dear BEAST user,

We are pleased to announce the release of BEAST v2.6.0. The main changes are:

  • Robustify application launching and package upgrading (especially for Windows)
  • Faster BEAUti processing of large number of partitions

Other changes:

  • Make sequenceSimulator less sensitive to taxa ordering
  • Improved error messages
  • XML being produced is more standardised
  • Make help menu extendible to add for example automatic methods section generator 
  • Saves last accessed directory between sessions
  • Default bounds on BSP pop sizes and random local clock rates updated
  • Let GuessPatternDialog handle empty fields.
  • Adding MRCAPriors more robust when multiple alignments share a tree
  • More complete Nexus parser

For developers:

  • More flexible options for constructing BEAST objects
  • More access methods to core classes
  • Added BEASTInterface::notClonable

More details are available here: http://www.beast2.org/2019/07/08/what-is-new-in-v2.6.0.html

You can download this version of BEAST from here: 


BEAST core development team