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Command Line Interface

AmcacheParser version

Author: Eric Zimmerman (

        b               Path to file containing SHA-1 hashes to *include* from the results. Blacklisting overrides whitelisting
        f               Amcache.hve file to parse. Required
        i               Include file entries for Programs entries
        w               Path to file containing SHA-1 hashes to *exclude* from the results. Blacklisting overrides whitelisting

        csv             Directory where CSV results will be saved to. Required
        csvf            File name to save CSV formatted results to. When present, overrides default name

        dt              The custom date/time format to use when displaying timestamps. See for options. Default is: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss
        mp              When true, display higher precision for timestamps. Default is FALSE
        nl              When true, ignore transaction log files for dirty hives. Default is FALSE

        debug           Show debug information during processing
        trace           Show trace information during processing

Examples: AmcacheParser.exe -f "C:\Temp\amcache\AmcacheWin10.hve" --csv C:\temp
          AmcacheParser.exe -f "C:\Temp\amcache\AmcacheWin10.hve" -i on --csv C:\temp --csvf foo.csv
          AmcacheParser.exe -f "C:\Temp\amcache\AmcacheWin10.hve" -w "c:\temp\whitelist.txt" --csv C:\temp

          Short options (single letter) are prefixed with a single dash. Long commands are prefixed with two dashes


This program is different from other Amcache parsers in that it does not dump everything available. Rather, it looks at both File entries and Program entries.

Program entries are found under Root\Programs and File entries are found under Root\File.

AmcacheParser gathers information about all the Program entries, then looks at all the File entries. In each file entry is a pointer to a Program ID (value 100). If this Program ID exists in Program entries, the File entry is associated with the Program entry.

At the end of this process you are left with things that didn't come from some kind of installed application.

Using the minimum options, AmcacheParser will only export Unassociated file entries.

If you use the -i option, AmcacheParser will export a Programs entry list and its associated File entry list.

With whitelisting and blacklisting you can further reduce the output by excluding certain File entries (whitelisting) or including only File entries whose SHA-1 is found in a blacklist file.

Note that AmcacheParser strips the extra 0s from the front of the SHA-1 value, so you can use the SHA-1s as shown in the output files for generating whitelists or blacklists.

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Updates to the left of me, updates to the right of me, version 1 releases are here (for the most part)

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Everything gets an update, Sept 2018 edition

Locked file support added to AmcacheParser, AppCompatCacheParser, MFTECmd, ShellBags Explorer (and SBECmd), and Registry Explorer (and RECmd)

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Special Thanks

Open Source Development funding and support provided by the following contributors: SANS Institute and SANS DFIR.


Parses amcache.hve files, but with a twist!







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