Fido 1.4.0 released
Fido 1.4.0 has been released following community testing. Fido (Format Identification for Digital Objects) is an open-source command-line tool to identify the file formats of digital objects and part of the OPF reference toolset.
The new release features Python 3 support in preparation for the end of Python 2 support in January 2020. Python 2 compatibility has been retained. Version 1.4.0 also includes improved testing and QA alongside a number of bug fixes and new features, such as:
- New command-line option to allow disabling extension matches
- Fixed a bug that caused PRONOM to crash when handling embedded containers
- PRONOM signatures updated to v95
- Refactoring and improvements made while adding Python 3 support
Download the software as a PyPi package
Our thanks go to all contributors and the OPF Product Board for their ongoing guidance and support.
Since 2015, fido has been maintained by Artefactual as part of their OPF membership. Fido can be automatically installed with Archivematica, but it is also available as a stand-alone command-line tool and can be incorporated into other digital preservation systems.
OPF provides hosting and support through software quality testing and delivery, and open source best practice. Fido is free to download, use and modify. However, it is not free to host, maintain, support or develop. If you use fido, please consider supporting its development by becoming an OPF member or making a donation.
By Becky McGuinness, posted in Becky McGuinness's Blog