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The BitCurator Environment is a Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution geared towards the needs of archivists and librarians. It includes a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help collecting institutions process born-digital materials. BitCurator supports positive digital preservation outcomes using software (see our Tasks and Tools page) and practices adopted from the digital forensics community.

In the BitCurator Environment you can: 

  • Create forensic disk images: Disk images packaged with metadata about devices, file systems, and the creation process.
  • Analyze files and file systems: View details on file system contents from a wide variety of file systems.
  • Extract file system metadata: File system metadata is a critical link in the chain of custody and in records of provenance.
  • Identify sensitive information: Locate private and sensitive information on digital media and prepare materials for access.
  • Locate and remove duplicate files: Know what files to keep and what can be discarded.

Installing BitCurator

Instructions on how to install run the BitCurator environment as a virtual machine in VirtualBox, and how to install the BitCurator environment on a dedicated host machine using the Live CD image

Using BitCurator

An overview of how BitCurator can be used in digital curation and preservation workflows and activities 

Tasks and Tools Overview

Description of the various tasks that can be performed with tools in the BitCurator Environment

A library of scripts produced by BitCurator users 

Internationalization Support

Adapting the system for work in non-English environments.

Datasets Library

A growing library of datasets for educational, research, and testing purposes

Scripts Library


Follow the link below to download current and past releases of the BitCurator Environment. Direct downloads are hosted by iBibio.

Get BitCurator (Virtual Machine or ISO) 

Get the Quick Start Guide (Instructions for installing and using BitCurator)

The current stable release is always at the top of the Releases page. Past and upcoming releases, along with select release notes, are in the Release Notes section.

Virtual Machine Login

BitCurator includes a default user. You are strongly encouraged to change the default password following the first login.

username: bcadmin

password: bcadmin

Online Help

BitCurator User Group Get support and discuss issues with the community.

Screencasts and Video Tutorials Useful screencasts on our YouTube channel.


Wiki content and associated documentation generated by BitCurator Consortium members and the BitCurator team is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). All software included in the BitCurator environment is distributed in accordance with original licenses.

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