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Fast shell-like tool for interacting with HDF5 files.

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Fast shell-like tool for interacting with HDF5 files.

This tool is meant to replace repeated calls to h5ls and h5dump, each of which can take substantial amounts of time for large files. In contrast, this utility only has to open a file once, doesn’t have to read all the file contents in order to browse or view attributes, and uses HDF5’s internal cacheing for speed.

The h5sh tool uses a shell-like interface so that analysts will find the interface familiar.


  • Tab-completion of commands, dataset names, and group names

  • Dump datasets to screen or disk with the dump command

  • Browse groups with cd and view attributes with attr


BSD license, see LICENSE.


0.1.1 (2019-12-05)

  • Fix some dependencies

0.1.0 (2019-12-05)

  • Complete initial capability, documents, and testing.

0.0.1 (2018-12-07)

  • Created cookiecutter package.

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