icu VS binwalk

Compare icu vs binwalk and see what are their differences.


The home of the ICU project source code. (by unicode-org)


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icu binwalk
12 26
1,993 9,328
2.3% 1.2%
9.5 3.2
3 days ago 6 days ago
C++ Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of icu. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-25.
  • Should golang create a money library on the exp package?
    2 projects | /r/golang | 25 May 2023
    OP, is this money in the context of storing and counting money, or money in the context of internationalization and localization? For the latter, you probably want bindings to icu or the x/text/currency package.
  • Setting the TZ environment variable avoids thousands of system calls
    3 projects | | 11 Jan 2023

    This affects all packages that have icu as a dependency, one of them being Node.js.

    I discovered this the hard way when some code malfunctioned shortly after daylight savings time kicked in.

  • Charlock_holmes installation error, Windows 11.
    2 projects | /r/ruby | 3 Oct 2022
    Installing icu4c from and put the path in "--with-icu-lib"
  • How to cout a non-ASCII character within a non-ASCII string
    2 projects | /r/cpp_questions | 17 Mar 2022
    You need something like icu.
  • Reverse-Engineering Apple Dictionary
    7 projects | | 12 Sep 2021
    No, the ICU dictionaries are seen at:

    No idea where the corresponding files are in osx.

  • How I installed Apertium on CentOS 7
    6 projects | | 10 Jun 2021
    #!/bin/bash set -x mkdir -p apertium-src && \ mkdir -p $MTDIR cd apertium-src && \ wget -O - \ | gzip -dc \ | tar -xf - && \ cd gcc-8.5.0 && \ ./configure --prefix=$MTDIR --disable-multilib && \ make -j $(nproc) && \ make install && \ cd .. || exit 1 cd apertium-src && \ wget -O - \ | gzip -dc \ | tar -xf - \ && cd icu/source \ && CC=gcc CXX=g++ ./configure --prefix=$MTDIR \ && CC=gcc CXX=g++ make -j $(nproc) \ && CC=gcc CXX=g++ make install \ && cd ../.. \ || exit 1 cd apertium-src && \ svn checkout vislcg3 && \ cd vislcg3 && ./ \ && ./ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$MTDIR \ -DICU_INCLUDE_DIR=$MTDIR/include \ -DICU_LIBRARY=$MTDIR/lib/ \ -DICU_IO_LIBRARY=$MTDIR/lib/ \ -DICU_I18N_LIBRARY=$MTDIR/lib/ \ && make -j$(nproc) && \ make install && cd .. || exit 1 cd apertium-src && \ git clone && \ cd lttoolbox && ./ --prefix=$MTDIR && make -j $(nproc) && make install && cd ../.. || exit 1 cd apertium-src && \ git clone && \ cd apertium && ./ --prefix=$MTDIR && make -j $(nproc) && make install && cd ../.. || exit 1 cd apertium-src && \ git clone && \ cd apertium-lex-tools && ./ --prefix=$MTDIR && make -j $(nproc) && make install && cd ../.. || exit 1 cd apertium-src && \ git clone && \ cd apertium-tha && ./ --prefix=$MTDIR && make && make install && cd ../.. || exit 1 cd apertium-src && \ git clone && \ cd apertium-tha-eng && ./ --prefix=$MTDIR && make && make install && cd .. && \ cd .. || exit 1
  • Manticore Search: 3 years after forking from Sphinx
    5 projects | | 19 Mar 2021
    Chinese segmentation using the ICU library


Posts with mentions or reviews of binwalk. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-04-17.
  • Unknown USB Files - How to view?
    2 projects | /r/computers | 17 Apr 2023
    Op, run binwalk. Don't just run it though an hex editor, you won't understand anything. It's a forensics tool to analyze unknown binary blobs (much better than gitbash that someone mentioned). It can also unpack these files automatically, there's no better universal tool for it
  • Show HN: Unblob – extraction suite for 30+ file formats
    10 projects | | 18 Jan 2023
    Looks nice! Kind of reminds me of binwalk:
  • What’s a good book on hacking/web for recreational reading?
    5 projects | /r/hacking | 5 Oct 2022
    x86 based binary exploitation: Intel Software Development Manual Skim through K&R C, then pick up and read Effective C by Robert Seacord, then pick up any of the books or online resources listed here: Read OpenBSD's code Python: Pwntools: Aleph One on stack buffer overflows: w00w00 on heap overflows: Pick up Hacking: The Art of Exploitation by Jon Erickson and give it a good read More heap fun: Return Oriented Programming: ret2csu: Printf format string vulnerability: Binwalk for extracting files, file systems, executable code from images:
  • best firmware analyser tool?
    2 projects | /r/HowToHack | 15 Jul 2022
    I think binwalk ( is a good starting point!
  • Firmware infection possible?
    2 projects | /r/cybersecurity | 28 Apr 2022
  • Ask HN: Is there a tool to generate binary protocol figures out of a spec?
    6 projects | | 3 Apr 2022
  • A possible case of GPL violation by an ISP
    2 projects | /r/linux | 5 Dec 2021
    However, if you're interested in just getting a better look at the firmware in general, take a look into binwalk (
  • Reverse-Engineering Apple Dictionary
    7 projects | | 12 Sep 2021
    For anyone else needing to tackle something like this, its definitely worth checking out [Binwalk]( It is meant for extracting firmware but it works decently well on most files-in-files type data formats.
  • PSA: steganography and FNAF: Help Wanted's Hidden Images
    2 projects | /r/fivenightsatfreddys | 24 Apr 2021
    Just so you know, I threw just about everything I could think of at those images and came up with zilch. Yes, including that. And that. (Don't forget, steghide doesn't work on PNGs anyway.) No, there isn't any interesting metadata in any of the files as far as I can tell. No hidden alpha layers. I even tried stacking the only four images that are all the same size -- numbers 1, 2, 12, and 15, for the record -- on top of each other and messed around with the opacity to see if they'd add up to anything. Nada.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing icu and binwalk you can also consider the following projects:

foremost - Foremost is a console program to recover files based on their headers, footers, and internal data structures. This process is commonly referred to as data carving. Foremost can work on image files, such as those generated by dd, Safeback, Encase, etc, or directly on a drive. The headers and footers can be specified by a configuration file or you can use command line switches to specify built-in file types. These built-in types look at the data structures of a given file format allowing for a more reliable and faster recovery. Originally developed by the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and The Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research , foremost has been opened to the general public. We welcome any comments, suggestions, patches, or feedback you have on this program. Please direct all correspondence to [email protected]

osx-dictionary - CLI for OSX

Wireshark - Read-only mirror of Wireshark's Git repository at GitHub won't let us disable pull requests. ☞ THEY WILL BE IGNORED HERE ☜ Please upload them at GitLab.

manticoresearch - Easy to use open source fast database for search | Good alternative to Elasticsearch now | Drop-in replacement for E in the ELK soon

pfSense - Main repository for pfSense


utfcpp - UTF-8 with C++ in a Portable Way

ghidra - Ghidra is a software reverse engineering (SRE) framework

docker - Official docker for Manticore Search

chipsec - Platform Security Assessment Framework

apertium-tha - Apertium linguistic data for Thai

MacOSX-SDKs - A collection of those pesky SDK folders: MacOSX10.1.5.sdk thru MacOSX11.3.sdk