JHOVE (pronounced “jove”), the JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment, is an extensible software framework for performing format identification, validation, and characterization of digital objects. The OPF have assumed active responsibility for the project and are currently in the process of creating a new permanent and sustainable home for JHOVE.

Our JHOVE Evaluation and Stabilisation Plan assesses the current state of the JHOVE project resources and describes our plans to maintain or preserve them.


We’ve created a copy of the existing JHOVE website at http://jhove.openpreservation.org/. The site provides user and developer documentation and is currently under review to ensure it is up to date and accurate.


We’ll be making some changes to the way that JHOVE is packaged and distributed in future but we have preserved the existing release packages.

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JHOVE Software Supporters

Software support is available for JHOVE based on its broad adoption and need for active stewardship.

JHOVE Product Board

OPF members and software supporters are eligible to join the JHOVE Product Board to steer its roadmap and prioritise development activity.