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Bit Inspector is a graphical Qt front-end for libbitconvert.
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Bit Inspector is a graphical Qt front-end for libbitconvert.  Bit Inspector
converts 1s and 0s from magnetic stripes into more meaningful information, such
as names and card numbers.

Windows XP/Vista executables of Bit Inspector can be downloaded from

To build and run Bit Inspector on Ubuntu 9.04, execute the following commands:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libpcre3-dev libqt4-dev git-core
$ git clone git://
$ git clone git://
$ cd libbitconvert
$ make
$ cd ../bitinspector
$ ./
$ make
$ ln -s ../libbitconvert/formats.txt formats.txt
$ ./bitinspector

Build instructions for other Unix-like operating systems should be similar.  If
you encounter any problems building libbitconvert or Bit Inspector, please let
Denver Gingerich know at

To use Bit Inspector, paste a series of ASCII 1s and 0s that you would like to
convert into the text box then click "Inspect".  Example data can be found in
the libbitconvert/test_data folder.  To use a file in that folder, copy its
contents into the text box and click "Inspect".  This will show you what is
encoded in the 1s and 0s.

Windows and Mac OS X build instructions will be added soon.

  Copyright (C) 2009  Denver Gingerich <>

  Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification,
  are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
  notice and this notice are preserved.
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