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Docker image

unblob can be used right away from a docker image:, which contains everything needed to run unblob, even the extractors.

The --pull always option is recommended, because the project is currently under heavy development, so we expect frequent changes.

The extracted files will be in the /data/output folder inside the container. Mount your host directory where you want to see the extracted files there:

docker run \
  --rm \
  --pull always \
  -v /path/to/extract-dir/on/host:/data/output \
  -v /path/to/files/on/host:/data/input \ /data/input/path/to/file

Help on usage:

docker run --rm --pull always --help

nix package

unblob can be built and run using the Nix package manager. The Nix derivation installs all 3rd party dependencies.

  1. Install and configure Nix.

  2. Optional: enable the experimental features so that you don't need to pass
    --extra-experimental-features "nix-command flakes" to nix command invocations:

    cat > ~/.config/nix/nix.conf <<EOF
    experimental-features = nix-command flakes
  3. Optional: use pre-built binaries from GitHub using cachix:

    nix-env -iA cachix -f
    cachix use unblob
  4. Install unblob:

    nix profile install github:onekey-sec/unblob
  5. Check that everything works correctly:

    unblob --show-external-dependencies

From source

  1. Install Git if you don't have it yet.
  2. Install the Poetry Python package manager.
  3. Clone the unblob repository from GitHub:

    git clone
  4. Install Python dependencies with Poetry:

    1. Optional: With Rust optimizations (you need a Rust compiler):

      cd unblob
      UNBLOB_BUILD_RUST_EXTENSION=1 poetry install --no-dev
    2. Python packages only:

      cd unblob
      poetry install --no-dev
  5. Install required extractors with your operating system package manager:

    • on Ubuntu 22.04, install extractors with APT:

      sudo apt install e2fsprogs p7zip-full unar zlib1g-dev liblzo2-dev lzop lziprecover img2simg libhyperscan-dev zstd
    • If you need squashfs support, install sasquatch:

      curl -L -o sasquatch_1.0_amd64.deb
      sudo dpkg -i sasquatch_1.0_amd64.deb
      rm sasquatch_1.0_amd64.deb
  6. Check that everything works correctly:

    unblob --show-external-dependencies
    • Dependencies are all in place:
      $ unblob --show-external-dependencies
      The following executables found installed, which are needed by unblob:
          7z                          ✓
          debugfs                     ✓
          jefferson                   ✓
          lz4                         ✓
          lziprecover                 ✓
          lzop                        ✓
          sasquatch                   ✓
          sasquatch-v4be              ✓
          simg2img                    ✓
          ubireader_extract_files     ✓
          ubireader_extract_images    ✓
          unar                        ✓
          yaffshiv                    ✓
          zstd                        ✓