JHOVE Training

JHOVE Training

Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and Zoom

This training runs before the OPF’s second OPF Advisory Group (OAG), and is available to 20 non-members.


This 2 hour workshop will provide participants with an understanding of what JHOVE does, how to install and configure the software and how to interpret the results.

JHOVE is an open source file format identification, validation and characterisation tool for digital preservation. These are essential first steps in digital preservation workflows. It is implemented as a Java application and is usable on any Unix, Windows, or OS X platform with appropriate Java installation. It can be used by itself or as part of a digital preservation workflow. It is also embedded in several off-the-shelf digital preservation products.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at beginners, or anyone who is new to JHOVE.

Goals/learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the levels of file format validation and why this is important in digital preservation.
  • Learn how to install and use JHOVE and how to interpret the results. Understand what its capabilities and limitations are.
  • Find out how to report bugs, request features and contribute to improving JHOVE, benefitting the whole community.


Carl Wilson, Technical Lead, Open Preservation Foundation


JHOVE Training Agenda

Follow along

To get the most out of this course we recommend that you bring a laptop (not a tablet) that you have permission to install software on (or install the following in advance), running Windows, Mac OS or Linux.

You will need Java 8 or later to run JHOVE.

You can come with JHOVE pre-installed (download the latest version at: https://software.openpreservation.org/releases/jhove-latest.jar) but we will also walk through the installation process during the course.

We will provide a selection of sample data, but we encourage you to also bring your own sample files.

You can sign up for a free GitHub account in advance at: https://github.com/join.

There is no requirement to follow along, and we can pair you up with someone on the day if you prefer. The slides will be made available to all participants after the workshop.

Specific interests?

If there is something you would particularly like us to cover on the day, or a question you would like answering, please let us know and we will do our best to incorporate this into the agenda.

If you have any questions about the arrangements for the event, please do not hesitate to contact us. This ticket is for the 2 hour JHOVE tool training session, as part of our bi-annual OAG. It will run from 10:00 – 12:00 CET, and is available to 20 non-members of the OPF. The cost will be € 100 + VAT, and the materials will be made available after the training. 

Registration is now open and will close on Friday 2nd December.

Details of the latest release, including release notes can be found on GitHub.