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Open source file format identification, validation & characterisation

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Currently v1.14


JHOVE is implemented as a Java application. JHOVE should be usable on any Unix, Windows, or OS X platform with an appropriate Java installation.

The JHOVE supports two user interfaces:

  1. A command-line interface
  2. A Swing-based GUI interface

Getting started

There is a gettting started guide on this site.


JHOVE is made available by the Open Preservation Foundation under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Note that some previous versions of JHOVE were released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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