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A package to support development with classic Amiga m68k systems

Project description

amitools - various AmigaOS tools for other platforms


amitools is a collection of Python 3 tools that I've written to work with Amiga OS binaries and files on Mac OS X and all other *nix-like platforms supporting Python. Windows might work as well, but is heavily untested. However, patches are welcome.

I focus with my tools on classic Amiga setups, i.e. a 680x0 based system with Amiga OS 1.x - 3.x running on it. However, this is an open project, so you can provide other Amiga support, too.

The tools are mostly developer-oriented, so a background in Amiga programming will be very helpful.


  • Python >= 3.5
  • pip

Optional Packages

Install pip

First make sure to have the Python package installer pip:


On macOS you have multiple ways of installing pip:

System Python

sudo easy_install pip

Homebrew Package Manager

With the Homebrew package manager (pip is included in the python3 package):

brew install python


On Linux Ubuntu use the provided packages python-pip

sudo apt-get install python-pip


To get pip run:

curl "" -o ""

Windows with Visual Studio

  • Install the latest native Windows Python >= 3.4 from
  • There is a special Edition for Visual Studio available that allows to compile Python 3.x modules: Install VCpython3
  • Open the Command Shell of the Compiler and run
cd C:\Python3x\Scripts
pip install amitools

Windows with MSYS2

  • (I use the mingw gcc compiler here to build the extension)
  • On Windows with MSYS2 (use x86_64 version if possible):
    • Install with exe installer
    • Initial update is done with: (Open shell first)
pacman -Sy
pacman --needed -S bash pacman msys2-runtime
  • Now close shell and re-open a new dev shell (MinGW-w64 Win64 Shell)
pacman -Su
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-python2-pip mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc git make


The Easy Way for Users

pip install amitools


  • on Linux/macOS may use sudo to install for all users
  • requires a host C compiler to compile the extension.


  • Follow this route if you want to hack around with the amitools codebase
  • Clone the Git repo: amitools@git
  • Ensure to have Cython (version >= 0.25) installed:
sudo pip install cython

You have multiple variants to install the tools with Python's setuptools:

  • Global Install is available for all users of your system and needs root privileges
sudo python install
  • User Install is available for your user only but does not require special privileges
python install --user
  • Developer Setup only links this code into your installation and allows you to change/develop the code and test it immediately. (I prefer user install here)
python develop --user
  • Run In Place allows you to run the binaries directly from the bin directory without any installation. You need make only to build the native library of vamos:
python build_ext -i

or if you have installed GNU make simply use:



The new Documentation of amitools is hosted on readthedocs


  • vamos V)irtual AM)iga OS

    vamos allows you to run command line (CLI) Amiga programs on your host Mac or PC. vamos is an API level Amiga OS Emulator that replaces exec and dos calls with its own implementation and maps all file access to your local file system.

  • xdftool

    Create and modify ADF or HDF disk image files.

  • xdfscan

    Scan directory trees for ADF or HDF disk image files and verify the contents.

  • rdbtool

    Create or modify disk images with Rigid Disk Block (RDB)

  • romtool

    A tool to inspect, dissect, and build Amiga Kickstart ROM images to be used with emulators, run with soft kickers or burned into flash ROMs.

  • hunktool

    The hunktool uses amitools' hunk library to load a hunk-based amiga binary. Currently, its main purpose is to display the contents of the files in various formats.

    You can load hunk-based binaries, libraries, and object files. Even overlayed binary files are supporte.

  • typetool

    This little tool is a companion for vamos. It allows you to dump and get further information on the API C structure of AmigaOS used in vamos.

  • fdtool

    This tool reads the fd (function description) files Commodore supplied for all of their libraries and dumps their contents in different formats including a code structure used in vamos.

    You can query functions and find their jump table offset.

Python Libraries

  • Hunk library amitools.binfmt.hunk

    This library allows to read Amiga OS loadSeg()able binaries and represent them in a python structure. You could query all items found there, retrieve the code, data, and bss segments and even relocate them to target addresses

  • ELF library amitools.binfmt.elf

    This library allows to read a subset of the ELF format mainly used in AROS m68k.

  • .fd File Parser amitools.fd

    Parse function descriptions shipped by Commodore to describe the Amiga APIs

  • OFS and FFS File System Tools amitools.fs

    Create or modify Amiga's OFS and FFS file system structures

  • File Scanners amitools.scan

    I've written some scanners that walk through file trees and retrieve the file data for further processing. I support file trees on the file system, in lha archives or in adf/hdf disk images

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