Kaitai Struct: visualizer

This is a simple visualizer for Kaitai Struct project.

Kaitai Struct is a declarative language used for describe various binary data structures, laid out in files or in memory: i.e. binary file formats, network stream packet formats, etc.

The main idea is that a particular format is described in Kaitai Struct language (.ksy files) only once and then can be compiled with this compiler into source files in one of the supported programming languages. These modules will include a generated code for a parser that can read described data structure from a file / stream and give access to it in a nice, easy-to-comprehend API.

Please refer to documentation in Kaitai Struct project for details on .ksy files and general usage patterns.

Downloading and installing

From Ruby Gems repository

KS visualizer is written in Ruby and is available as .gem package. Thus, you'll need Ruby (RubyGems package manager comes bundled with Ruby since v1.9) installed on your box, and then you can just run:

gem install kaitai-struct-visualizer

Source code

If you're interested in developing the visualizer itself, you can check out source code in repository:

git clone https://github.com/kaitai-io/kaitai_struct_visualizer


ksv <binary-file> <ksy-file>...


Kaitai Struct visualizer is copyright (C) 2015-2017 Kaitai Project.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

Note that it applies only to compiler itself, not .ksy input files that one supplies in normal process of compilation, nor to compiler's output files — that consitutes normal usage process and you obviously keep copyright to both.