`OleFileIO\_PL <http://www.decalage.info/python/olefileio>`_ is a Python
module to read `Microsoft OLE2 files (also called Structured Storage,
Compound File Binary Format or Compound Document File
such as Microsoft Office documents, Image Composer and FlashPix files,
Outlook messages, ...
This is an improved version of the OleFileIO module from
`PIL <http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/index.htm>`_, the excellent
Python Imaging Library, created and maintained by Fredrik Lundh. The API
is still compatible with PIL, but I have improved the internal
implementation significantly, with bugfixes and a more robust design.
As far as I know, this module is now the most complete and robust Python
implementation to read MS OLE2 files, portable on several operating
systems. (please tell me if you know other similar Python modules)
WARNING: THIS IS (STILL) WORK IN PROGRESS.
Main improvements over PIL version:
- Better compatibility with Python 2.4 up to 2.7
- Support for files larger than 6.8MB
- Robust: many checks to detect malformed files
- Improved API
- Added setup.py and install.bat to ease installation
- 2012-09-11 v0.23: added support for file-like objects, fixed `issue
- 2012-02-17 v0.22: fixed issues #7 (bug in getproperties) and #2
(added close method)
- 2011-10-20: code hosted on bitbucket to ease contributions and bug
- 2010-01-24 v0.21: fixed support for big-endian CPUs, such as PowerPC
- 2009-12-11 v0.20: small bugfix in OleFileIO.open when filename is not
- 2009-12-10 v0.19: fixed support for 64 bits platforms (thanks to Ben
G. and Martijn for reporting the bug)
- see changelog in source code for more info.
The archive is available on `the project
How to use this module:
See sample code at the end of the module, and also docstrings.
Here are a few examples:
# Test if a file is an OLE container:
# Open an OLE file from disk:
ole = OleFileIO_PL.OleFileIO('myfile.doc')
# Get list of streams:
# Test if known streams/storages exist:
print "This is a Word document."
print "size :", ole.get_size('worddocument')
print "This document seems to contain VBA macros."
# Extract the "Pictures" stream from a PPT file:
pics = ole.openstream('Pictures')
data = pics.read()
f = open('Pictures.bin', 'w')
# Close the OLE file:
# Work with a file-like object (e.g. StringIO) instead of a file on disk:
data = open('myfile.doc', 'rb').read()
f = StringIO.StringIO(data)
ole = OleFileIO_PL.OleFileIO(f)
It can also be used as a script from the command-line to display the
structure of an OLE file, for example:
A real-life example: `using OleFileIO\_PL for malware analysis and
How to contribute:
The code is available in `a Mercurial repository on
bitbucket <https://bitbucket.org/decalage/olefileio_pl>`_. You may use
it to submit enhancements or to report any issue.
If you would like to help us improve this module, or simply provide
feedback, you may also send an e-mail to decalage(at)laposte.net. You
can help in many ways:
- test this module on different platforms / Python versions
- find and report bugs
- improve documentation, code samples, docstrings
- write unittest test cases
- provide tricky malformed files
How to report bugs:
To report a bug, for example a normal file which is not parsed
correctly, please use the `issue reporting
or send an e-mail with an attachment containing the debugging output of
For this, launch the following command :
OleFileIO_PL.py -d -c file >debug.txt
OleFileIO\_PL is open-source.
OleFileIO\_PL changes are Copyright (c) 2005-2012 by Philippe Lagadec.
The Python Imaging Library (PIL) is
- Copyright (c) 1997-2005 by Secret Labs AB
- Copyright (c) 1995-2005 by Fredrik Lundh
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