Fizzysoft FileCarver

About FileCarver:

FileCarver is a powerful developer tool for editing structured binary files. FileCarver increases productivity by allowing the developer to write simple XML file format definitions to quickly prototype and implement GUI editors for binary files.

Each XML file format definition describes the structure of a particular file format, which FileCarver then uses to automatically build a rich, graphical user interface for opening, viewing, editing, saving, and creating new files in that format. Editing binary files has never been this easy.

Whether you're adding binary file support into your new or existing application, and don't want to waste your time building a custom editor or viewer for its data files, or if you are required to deal with legacy file formats, FileCarver has you covered.

FileCarver is a superior solution compared to the traditional ways of editing binary files, such as creating custom programs, or using a hex editor. While custom programs allow you to create rich user interfaces to edit binary files, just as FileCarver does, they require many man-hours of development time - efforts that could be better spent elsewhere. With FileCarver, the time to implement a fully fledged editor for a binary format is reduced significantly, as the developer only needs to write an XML file format definition.

If, on the other hand, you use a hex editor to edit your binary files, you have zero development time overhead. However, using a hex editor is extremely tedious to edit anything but the simplest file formats. With a hex editor, you must manually calculate the exact offset of the data you want to edit, as well as the format of the data you are changing. While this may be adequate for very light-use of editing binary files, it does not compare to FileCarver's ability to provide you with a complete, rich user interface - indistinguishable from a custom made program - to edit the binary file.

FileCarver is a complete solution for working with binary files of all shapes and sizes.

List of Features:
  • Cross platform: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Builds rich user interfaces for editing files.
  • Big-endian and little-endian versions of data types.
  • Unsigned and fixed versions of byte, short, int, long.
  • Zoned decimal and packed decimal mainframe types.
  • Terminated strings and padded strings.
  • Strings whose length is specified by other fields.
  • Strings in various text encodings.
  • Arrays of fixed and variable length.
  • Arrays whose length is specified by other fields.
  • Nested arrays, parallel arrays, remainder arrays.
  • Flag fields with each bit corresponding to a checkbox.
  • List and combo display types for enumerated values.
  • Conditional existence for fields using JavaScript.
  • Calculated fields and JavaScript onupdate events.
  • Powerful search and replace, including Regex support.
  • Edit file sections in separate windows or tabs.
  • XML format definitions also serve as documentation.
  • And much more... It's free, so see for yourself!
Download FileCarver
download Download FileCarver v1.6.0
Windows (1.0 MB)
Released on April 20, 2013
Changes in FileCarver v1.6.0:
  • Changed to freeware
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements
Changes in FileCarver v1.5.3:
  • Fixed bug with hidden string fields and newlines
  • Fixed bug with activating minimized windows
  • Fixed bug with flag-long fields
  • Fixed bug with ascii-int fields with display="combo"
  • Block fields will now preserve data past their end
  • Added alert() / prompt() JavaScript functions
  • Searching now starts from current focus
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and other improvements
New in FileCarver v1.5:
  • Smaller memory footprint and better performance
  • Numerous user interface refinements
  • New hex editor control sporting many improvements
  • Added an "Open Recent" menu listing recent documents
  • Added display="text-area-monospaced" for string fields
  • Ability to include XML from external files
  • Ability to define re-usable types
  • Support for a global script on the format definition
  • Support for specifying custom input and output filters
  • UTF-16 encoding removed in favor of UTF-16LE or UTF-16BE
  • Added EBCDIC character encodings: Cp1047, Cp1140
  • Various improvements to the JavaScript support
  • Improved platform-specific integration
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and other improvements