Flashrom

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Flashrom
Developer(s) flashrom team
Stable release 0.9.7[1] / August 14, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-08-14)
Written in C
Operating system DragonFly BSD, DOS, FreeBSD, kFreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Windows (partial)
Available in English
Type Firmware utility
License GNU General Public License
Website http://www.flashrom.org/

Flashrom is a universal flash programming utility used to detect, read, verify, erase, or write BIOS chips in DIP, PLCC, SOIC, TSOP, or BGA packages. It supports parallel, LPC, FWH and SPI flash interfaces. It can be used to flash firmware images such as BIOS or coreboot, or to back up an existing firmware.

It is free software released under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2.

It has pciutils and zlib as dependencies, for some programmers also libftdi.

It is run from user space and usually requires superuser privileges (except when using supported USB devices as programmer).

Backup the current BIOS image into a file:

# flashrom -r backup.bin

It supports over 300 flash chip families, 220 chipsets, 401 mainboards, 50 PCI devices, 12 USB devices and various parallel/serial port and USB based devices which can be used as programmers. It supports cross-flashing and hot-flashing.

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