ViPER (the Virtual Preservation Environment for Research) release candidate out for community testing

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The Open Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce that ViPER version 1.2 is out now! ViPER is an open-source, easy-to-install virtual machine. 

Major new features of this release include:

  • Upgrades to the ViPER toolset:
  • Guest OS upgraded to Debian 12 Bookworm
  • VirtualBox 7 compatibility tested
  • Updates to the ViPER documentation site, a test version of the upgraded site is available here


About ViPER

Viper is an open-source, easy-to-install virtual machine running popular open-source preservation tools with graphical user interfaces: DROID, HandBrake, JHOVE, MediaInfo, Tika, and veraPDF. Archiving digital collections requires a number of requirements—(pre-)ingest, validation, checking file type, etc. In our VRE, you can research these tools before using them in your production environment. 



You can download the 1.2 release candidate here. Please also see the 2023 news item from the Dutch Digital Heritage Network for more information, quotes and perspectives on using this tool. 

We invite the community to download and test the release. Please report bugs on the ViPER issue tracker on GitHub or contact us with any feedback or questions. 



Our thanks go to all contributors, particularly the National Archives of the Netherlands, and Dutch Digital Heritage Network teams, for their work on this release.


About ViPER

ViPER is a project result within the Dutch Digital Heritage Network, developed and safeguarded by the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) in collaboration with the National Archives of the Netherlands. The National Archives of the Netherlands takes care of the functional management, while the OPF takes care of the technical management and availability.


Support ViPER

ViPER is free to download, use and modify to meet your needs. However, there are ongoing costs to host and maintain it. If you use the VRE, please consider supporting its development by becoming an OPF member or making a donation.



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