The FASTX-Toolkit is a collection of command line tools for Short-Reads FASTA/FASTQ files preprocessing.
Next-Generation sequencing machines usually produce FASTA or FASTQ files, containing multiple short-reads sequences (possibly with quality information).
The main processing of such FASTA/FASTQ files is mapping (aka aligning) the sequences to reference genomes or other databases using specialized programs. Example of such mapping programs are: Blat, SHRiMP, LastZ, MAQ, and many many others.
However, it is sometimes more productive to preprocess the FASTA/FASTQ files before mapping the sequences to the genome – manipulating the sequences to produce better mapping results.
The FASTX-Toolkit tools perform some of these preprocessing tasks.