Welcome to Hachoir’s documentation!¶
Hachoir is a Python library to view and edit a binary stream field by field. In other words, Hachoir allows you to “browse” any binary stream just like you browse directories and files. A file is splitted in a tree of fields, where the smallest field is just one bit. Examples of fields types: integers, strings, bits, padding types, floats, etc. Hachoir is the French word for a meat grinder (meat mincer), which is used by butchers to divide meat into long tubes; Hachoir is used by computer butchers to divide binary files into fields.
Command line tools using Hachoir parsers:
- hachoir-metadata: get metadata from binary files
- hachoir-urwid: display the content of a binary file in text mode
- hachoir-grep: find a text pattern in a binary file
- hachoir-strip: modify a file to remove metadata
See also Hachoir at Bitbucket: original Hachoir for Python 2.