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opensc-tool — generic smart card utility


opensc-tool [Options]


The opensc-tool utility can be used from the command line to perform miscellaneous smart card operations such as getting the card ATR or sending arbitrary APDU commands to a card.



Print the OpenSC package release version.

--atr, -a

Print the Answer To Reset (ATR) of the card. Output is in hex byte format

--card-driver driver, -c driver

Use the given card driver. The default is auto-detected.

--info, -i

Print information about OpenSC, such as version and enabled components.

--list-drivers, -D

List all installed card drivers.

--list-files, -f

Recursively list all files stored on card.

--list-readers, -l

List all configured readers.

--name, -n

Print the name of the inserted card (driver).

--reader num, -r num

Use the given reader number. The default is 0, the first reader in the system.

--send-apdu apdu, -s apdu

Sends an arbitrary APDU to the card in the format AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF....


Print the card serial number (normally the ICCSN). Output is in hex byte format

--verbose, -v

Causes opensc-tool to be more verbose. Specify this flag several times to enable debug output in the opensc library.

--wait, -w

Wait for a card to be inserted.

See Also


Referenced By

gids-tool(1), opensc-explorer(1), piv-tool(1), sc-hsm-tool(1).

02/11/2017 opensc OpenSC Tools