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General Information

pyReScene is a port of ReScene .NET to the Python programming language.

ReScene is a mechanism for backing up and restoring the metadata from "scene" released RAR files. RAR archive volumes are rebuild using the stored metadata in the SRR file and the extracted files from the RAR archive. This process only worked on RAR files created with "Store" mode (otherwise known as -m0 or No Compression), but since pyReScene version 0.4 this is also possible for various other compression settings. However, it is not guaranteed that reconstruction of compressed archives is always possible. pyReScene consists of multiple related tools and scripts.

pyReSample is a companion to ReScene. It does for samples what ReScene does

for RARs. You can use ReSample to build a blueprint of an AVI, MKV, MP4 or WMV sample, and then use that blueprint (the .srs file) with the full video file to recreate that sample. It contains backups of all parts of the sample file that are not the actual track data as well as a signature that helps ReSample locate the missing track data from the full video file.

Also MP3 and FLAC music files are supported. The tags with all the meta data

are copied to the SRS file. This can be restored at another time. fpcalc must be available in your path to use this feature. It can be downloaded from This tool creates AcoustID music fingerprints.

pyReScene Auto makes it all a bit easier. One command to create an SRR file.

It does not require write access to the release directories and it can create SRR files of your whole collection!

pyReScene Usenet is able to create SRR files from NZB files. It works by

downloading only (parts of) the segments it needs for creating an SRR file. and other NZB related scripts are located in the usenet directory. The compiled module (for more speed) can be obtained from Create a srr_usenet.cfg configuration file in the usenet directory for easy usage. A template example file is available.

Some related external tools are included into the repository:

Awescript is a Usenet downloads post processing script made by Guber. It is

able to create SRR files and extract RAR archives.

Rerar is a tool written in Python 3 by Vadmium to re-create sets of

uncompressed rar files. It can also report the metadata and parameters stored in a rar file. It should be able to exactly re-create many real-world RAR files if the right input parameters and metadata are known.

View srr_spec.txt and for more info.


  • Works without, but required for certain functionality.

pyReScene requires Python 2.6, 2.7, or 3 to run. There are some executables made available for Windows users. fpcalc is necessary for creating music SRS files. If you want to reconstruct compressed RAR volumes, you will need to obtain a couple of the shareware (Win)RAR packages. These files will need to be preprocessed by the bin/ script. This script extracts the RAR executables from the archives and renames them for further usage. The new folder with RAR executables will need to be passed to the -z parameter of ReScene when reconstructing compressed archives. UnRAR.exe or its Linux equivalent is required for SRR creation of vobsubs.

Installation instructions

python install

Install chromaprint from your repository or put the fpcalc executable somewhere in your path. It will also work if you put it in the ./bin or ./resample directory.

Windows installation instructions

Install Python 3.3. Download it from Install it to C:Python33for example.

Place the source somewhere on your hard disk. e.g. C:pyReScene

Add the binwindows directory to your path.

Done! Now you will be able to call 'pyrescene' from any directory.

Another way, but better to not mess with Windows folders: Copy the .bat to a folder that is in your PATH.

e.g. C:WindowsSystem32[note]

Edit the .bat files to reflect the path where Python and the script source code is located: e.g. C:Python33python.exe C:pyReScenebinsrr %*

[note] If .exe files are placed in C:WindowsSystem32and they fail to run,
move them to C:WindowsSysWOW64 Even better would be to use your own folder you've added to the PATH!

Linux installation instructions

Make sure you can run the 32 bit rar binaries when you try to reconstruct compressed rar archives:


Do tool_name --help to see all the available options.

A one stop solution to create SRR files is the following command:

python -r --best /root/directory/to/check

This command will recursively check /root/directory/to/check for scene releases. Sample files are checked against the main movie files (-s) and SRR files for compressed RARs are also created (-c). An SRR file for vobsubs will be created recursively if unrar can be found (-v). --best: -c -s -v

To create a .srr file for vobsubs, do:

python --vobsubs file.sfv

Pointing to the .rar file works too and Windows users can use the vs.bat shortcut. has some more tutorials.

What's new?

Read the NEWS file.

Who wrote this?

Check the AUTHORS file.

Where can I get help?

Do contribute to and help us to motivate the right people! --Gfy