Autopsy Developer's Guide

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This page contains technical information on developing code for Autopsy.

This page is a work in progress and more information will be posted. Here are some starting points.

  • The Developer Guidelines define how code and patches can be submitted and incorporated into the distribution.
  • The sleuthkit-developers list exists to discuss the development of the tools. Subscribe to ask and answer questions.
  • If you want to contribute documentation, then refer to the Support page.

What To Do?

If you are looking for ideas on how you can contribute, then you may want to refer to the feature request and bug trackers. They contain ideas that people have for the tools or bugs that need to be fixed.

Technical Details

The source code is stored in a github repository. You can get the latest source tree from The latest code is in the master branch. There is a branch for minor releases and tags for each release. The github repository contains the history from the previous subversion repository. Note that the previous subversion repository was created right before the 2.20 release and does not contain the previous CVS history.

Autopsy 3.0 Design

Version 3 of Autopsy is a complete rewrite. Refer to the Autopsy 3 Design doc for a reference on developing for it. The BUILDING.txt file in the source code shows how to build the program.