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Developer(s) flashrom team
Stable release 0.9.8[1] / March 1, 2015; 11 months ago (2015-03-01)
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 and libusb.

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

Backup the firmware of the host running flashrom into a file:

# flashrom -p internal -r backup.bin

It supports over 450 flash chip families, 286 chipsets, 450 mainboards, 75 PCI devices, 13 USB devices and various parallel/serial port-based devices which can be used as programmers. It supports cross-flashing and hot-flashing.

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