The file identifier software is a command line tool that permits identifying files as well as getting information on directories from their content (thereafter called a resource), and not simply from their file extensions (in the case of files). It currently supports DOS, Windows and Linux systems.
The following information can currently be downloaded (applies to both the freeware and shareware version). These specifications can freely be used and implemented.
The Magic database file format (2005-01-29) contains a specification on the text file format used to identify files. Users that wish to extend the database to identify more files should read this document.
The 4DOS/4NT Description file extensions (2006-12-23) specifies the storage format of the DEX Database (when used with the Descrliption explorer software). This DEX database is actually a 4DOS/4NT descript.ion file with extensions (this is completely backward compatible with 4NT/4DOS).
The Description explorer XMP Schema extension proposal (2007-04-04) adds a new schema to the XMP packet information, this packet information contains information such as revision number, crc32, etc. These schemas are used in the DEX database.
You can submit bug reports and view current known bugs here.
Help support this software by making a donation!
The software is still in BETA stage. The updates to the file database can be obtained from the magicdb.org website. That website also contains information for developers on different file formats. The binary releases of the software can be downloaded below (stay tuned for support for MacOS X):
Here are shortcuts to download the software directly from here:
Win32 binaries - zipped (version 0.6.2)
DOS (DJGPP2 target) - zipped (version 0.6.2)
Linux x86 – zipped (version 0.6.2)
If interested in a visual metadata editor, you can download the visual version here
This software is freeware, and can be used freely in commercial and non-commercial applications. See license.txt for more information on the licensing terms for the usage of this software.
A professional version is available which permits creating CSV reports. The professional version costs 22.50$ CAD (Canadian Dollars) and gives you unlimited support and updates until version 2.0.0. See the included readme.txt for contact information to purchase the professional version.