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hexdump 3.2

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What is it about?

  • dump binary to hex and restore it back
  • Linux / Windows / OS X
  • Python 2/3
  • library and command line tool

command line

There are three ways to execute hexdump.py from command line:

$ python hexdump.py
$ python hexdump-3.2.zip

# after installing with `pip install hexdump`
$ python -m hexdump

Dump binary data in hex form:

$ python -m hexdump binary.dat
0000000000: 00 00 00 5B 68 65 78 64  75 6D 70 5D 00 00 00 00  ...[hexdump]....
0000000010: 00 11 22 33 44 55 66 77  88 99 AA BB CC DD EE FF  .."3DUfw........

Restore binary from a saved hex dump:

$ python -m hexdump --restore hexdump.txt > binary.dat

basic API

dump(binary, size=2, sep=’ ‘)

Convert binary data (bytes in Python 3 and str in Python 2) to string like ‘00 DE AD BE EF’. size argument specifies length of text chunks and sep sets chunk separator.

dehex(hextext)

Helper to convert from hex string to binary data stripping whitespaces from hextext if necessary.

advanced API: write full dumps

Python 2:

>>> hexdump('\x00'*16)
00000000: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  ................

Python 3:

>>> hexdump('\x00'*16)
...
TypeError: Abstract unicode data (expected bytes)
>>> hexdump.hexdump(b'\x00'*16)
00000000: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  ................

Python 3 string is a sequence of indexes in abstract unicode table. Each index points to a symbol, which doesn’t specify its binary value. To convert symbol to binary data, you need to lookup binary a value for in in the encoding.

Here is how the same Russian text looks when transformed from abstract unicode integers of Python 3 to bytes in Windows-1251 encoding and to bytes in UTF-8.

>>> message = 'интерференция'
>>> hexdump(message.encode('windows-1251'))
00000000: E8 ED F2 E5 F0 F4 E5 F0  E5 ED F6 E8 FF           .............
>>> hexdump(message.encode('utf-8'))
00000000: D0 B8 D0 BD D1 82 D0 B5  D1 80 D1 84 D0 B5 D1 80  ................
00000010: D0 B5 D0 BD D1 86 D0 B8  D1 8F                    ..........

advanced API: restore binary data from different hexdump formats

Python 2:

>>> res = restore(
... '0010: 00 11 22 33 44 55 66 77  88 99 AA BB CC DD EE FF  .."3DUfw........')
>>> res
'\x00\x11"3DUfw\x88\x99\xaa\xbb\xcc\xdd\xee\xff'
>>> type(res)
<type 'str'>

Python 3:

>>> res = restore(
... '0010: 00 11 22 33 44 55 66 77  88 99 AA BB CC DD EE FF  .."3DUfw........')
>>> res
b'\x00\x11"3DUfw\x88\x99\xaa\xbb\xcc\xdd\xee\xff'
>>> type(res)
<class 'bytes'>

run self-tests

Manually:

$ hexdump.py --test output.txt
$ diff -u3 hextest.txt output.txt

Automatically with tox:

$ tox

questions

Q: Why creating another module when there is binascii already?
A: binascii.unhexlify() chokes on whitespaces and linefeeds.
hexdump.dehex() doesn’t have this problem.

If you have other questions, feel free to open an issue at https://bitbucket.org/techtonik/hexdump/

ChangeLog

3.2 (2015-07-02)
  • hexdump is now packaged as .zip on all platforms (on Linux created archive was tar.gz)
  • .zip is executable! try python hexdump-3.2.zip
  • dump() now accepts configurable separator, patch by Ian Land (PR #3)
3.1 (2014-10-20)
  • implemented workaround against mysterious coding issue with Python 3 (see revision 51302cf)
  • fix Python 3 installs for systems where UTF-8 is not default (Windows), thanks to George Schizas (the problem was caused by reading of README.txt)
3.0 (2014-09-07)
  • remove unused int2byte() helper
  • add dehex(text) helper to convert hex string to binary data
  • add ‘size’ argument to dump() helper to specify length of chunks
2.0 (2014-02-02)
  • add –restore option to command line mode to get binary data back from hex dump
  • support saving test output with –test logfile
  • restore() from hex strings without spaces
  • restore() now raises TypeError if input data is not string
  • hexdump() and dumpgen() now don’t return unicode strings in Python 2.x when generator is requested
1.0 (2013-12-30)
  • length of address is reduced from 10 to 8
  • hexdump() got new ‘result’ keyword argument, it can be either ‘print’, ‘generator’ or ‘return’
  • actual dumping logic is now in new dumpgen() generator function
  • new dump(binary) function that takes binary data and returns string like “66 6F 72 6D 61 74”
  • new genchunks(mixed, size) function that chunks both sequences and file like objects
0.5 (2013-06-10)
  • hexdump is now also a command line utility (no restore yet)
0.4 (2013-06-09)
  • fix installation with Python 3 for non English versions of Windows, thanks to George Schizas
0.3 (2013-04-29)
  • fully Python 3 compatible
0.2 (2013-04-28)
  • restore() to recover binary data from a hex dump in native, Far Manager and Scapy text formats (others might work as well)
  • restore() is Python 3 compatible
0.1 (2013-04-28)
  • working hexdump() function for Python 2

Release checklist

[ ] run tests
[ ] update version in hexdump.py
[ ] update ChangeLog in README.txt from hexdump.py
[ ] python setup.py register sdist upload

License

Public Domain

Credits

anatoly techtonik <techtonik@gmail.com>
George Schizas
Ian Land
 
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hexdump-3.2.zip (md5) Source 2015-02-07 11KB
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