Note: Bitzi only offers its own software tools (such as the
Bitcollider utility) for download. Many of the files described in
Bitpedia are available via peer-to-peer
The Bitzi Bitcollider Utility
What it Does
Our Bitcollider is a small program you can run on your own
computer to reliably identify and describe files on your machine.
When run with a specific file as input, this program does two major
At our website, you'll see what - if anything - others have
said about your file: what it really is, where it came from, and
what people think of it. You'll also have a chance to contribute
descriptions or comments yourself. If your automatic submission
included information useful to our database, that new information
will be contributed to the database. You may choose whether this
contribution occurs under your Bitzi screen name, or anonymously.
- It examines the file, calculating a distinctive digital
fingerprint, or bitprint, and taking note of some other
identifying information that can be extracted from the file,
like file length and the local filename.
- It launches your web browser to do a lookup at our website,
submitting this identifying information as the search terms.
The Bitcollider includes no adware or other bundled third-party
The Bitcollider only initiates connection to our webserver
when you activate it on a specific file. All of its communication
occurs through your default web browser, where you can see all
the data it submits.
Choose the appropriate executable for your computer, and save
it to a convenient place. (Or, if you have problems with these
options on your computer, consider trying the preview release
of our jBitcollider based on multi-platform
You may drag and drop a file atop the 'bitcollider' icon, wherever you saved
or installed it, to perform a lookup, or you may invoke these programs from a
command-line, with the filename as the argument.
- Windows 95/98/NT/ME/XP/Etc
bc-setup-0.6.0.exe 538k (v. 0.6.0, b1020)
After downloading, run this installer.
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- Linux/Intel x86
bitcollider-0.6.0 470k (v. 0.6.0, b1020),
precompiled executable for Linux x86 machines (tested on Red Hat 9 and Fedora Core 1; remember to set the executable bit).
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Alternatively, at our Sourceforge Release Page, we provide RedHat/Intel RPM packages for the basic Bitcollider and a Vorbis plug-in.
Note: The Vorbis plugins for RedHat require the Ogg/Vorbis libraries.
See Bitcollider Source Code for code
that can be compiled on other systems.
Currently, Mac OS X users must build the Bitcollider from the
source tarball, and then 'bitcollider' is usable from the
command line, as for Linux.
(We would appreciate advice on the proper packaging of a
precompiled bitcollider for easy installation and drag-and-drop
use on Mac OS X.)
A new alternative for MacOS is our jBitcollider based on
See also Bitcollider Documentation.
A more detailed and technical description of the bitcollider, as well as
full source code, is available here.