Zerocat Chipflasher  v0.4.10-732-9a3cc90b
Flash free firmware to BIOS chips, kick the Management Engine.
Software Tools

This is a short list of software tools which are required...

  • to build the documentation,
  • to operate the device,
  • for some optional tasks.

If GNU Guix is available or if you are on GNU Guix System, you might try

$ guix environment --pure -m host/util/manifest.scm

to create a shell environment with all prerequisites set up.


  • GNU/Linux-libre Operating System like Trisquel or GNU Guix System, with access to an RS232 serial port
  • Command-line Interpreter (Shell)

    • Dash, POSIX-compliant /bin/sh implementation that aims to be as small as possible
    • GNU Bash, command-line interpreter of the GNU system; it allows most sh scripts to be run without modification

    The project’s Makefiles set their SHELL Variable to /bin/sh. On Trisquel, /bin/sh points to /bin/dash (Debian Almquist Shell) by default, whereas it points to GNU Bash on GNU Guix System. The echo built-in of those shells differ, therefore the Makefiles make use of GNU Coreutilsecho binary.

  • GNU Coreutils, basic command-line tools that are expected in a POSIX system, excluding shell
  • GNU Diffutils, comparing and merging files
  • Glibc, the GNU C Library
  • GCC-Toolchain, the GNU Compiler Collection and its tool chain for C/C++ development
  • GNU Make, standard tool for generating files from sources
  • GNU Sed, non-interactive stream text editor
  • Git, free distributed version control system

Generate the Documentation

  • Doxygen, tool for generating documentation
  • The gEDA/gaf subset of tools from the gEDA-project, a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools
  • PCB, interactive tool for editing printed circuit board layouts
  • Gerbv, viewer for files in Gerber format (RS-274X) and Excellon drill files
  • Inkscape, vector graphics editor, version “0.92.4 (5da689c313, 2019-01-14)”
  • ImageMagick, create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images

Extra Tools for Device Operation

Optional Tools

  • Your favorite text viewer or editor, i.e.:
    • GNU Less, paginator for terminals
    • GNU Nano, small and simple text editor for use in a terminal
    • GNU Emacs, extensible and highly customizable text editor
    • Geany, small and fast Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • Your favorite web browser, i.e.:
    • w3m, text-based web browser as well as pager
    • Midori, lightweight graphical web browser
    • GNU Icecat, GNU version of the Firefox browser
  • Your favorite PDF viewer, i.e.:
    • Atril, document viewer for the Mate Desktop
    • Evince, GNOME’s document viewer
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) application, i.e.:
    • LibreCAD, Computer-aided design (CAD) application
  • Free Firmware Projects