Create Archivematica-packaged SIPs/transfers from user-selected files and directories in BitCurator
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SIP Creator

Version: 1.0.0

Creates an Archivematica-ready transfer (or SIP for another preservation repository) from user-selected directories and files, and generates a pre-populated description spreadsheet using data pulled from DFXML and Brunnhilde (start and end dates, extent, and a scope and content note containing information about the most common file formats present).

SIP Creator generates a md5deep-generated checksum.md5 manifest saved in the SIP's metadata directory (according to Archivematica packaging ventions) as default behavior. To create the SIP as a bag instead, select that option from the GUI interface.

SIP Creator can optionally also run a PII scan of each SIP using bulk_extractor as part of the Brunnhilde characterization step of SIP creation and description. Bulk_extractor reports are saved to metadata/submissionDocumentation, in the Brunnhilde report output folder.


This utility is designed for easy use in BitCurator v1.8.0+. It requires Python 3 and PyQt5.

Install as part of CCA Tools

Install all of the CCA Tools together using the installation script in the CCA Tools repo.

Install as a separate utlity

  • Install PyQt5:
    sudo pip3 install pyqt5
  • Clone this repo to your local machine.
  • Run the install script with sudo privileges:
    sudo chmod u+x
    sudo ./

PyQt4 version

Please note that SIP Creator v1.0.0 uses PyQt5. Installation of PyQt5 may cause issues with existing PyQt4 programs in BitCurator. For the a PyQt4 version of SIP Creator that will not affect the functionality of other tools, see the 0.2.0 release.