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OPENSSL-ASN1PARSE(1ossl)            OpenSSL           OPENSSL-ASN1PARSE(1ossl)


       openssl-asn1parse - ASN.1 parsing command


       openssl asn1parse [-help] [-inform DER|PEM|B64] [-in filename] [-out
       filename] [-noout] [-offset number] [-length number] [-i] [-oid
       filename] [-dump] [-dlimit num] [-strparse offset] [-genstr string]
       [-genconf file] [-strictpem] [-item name]


       This command is a diagnostic utility that can parse ASN.1 structures.
       It can also be used to extract data from ASN.1 formatted data.


           Print out a usage message.

       -inform DER|PEM|B64
           The input format; the default is PEM.  See
           openssl-format-options(1) for details.

       -in filename
           The input file, default is standard input.

       -out filename
           Output file to place the DER encoded data into. If this option is
           not present then no data will be output. This is most useful when
           combined with the -strparse option.

           Don't output the parsed version of the input file.

       -offset number
           Starting offset to begin parsing, default is start of file.

       -length number
           Number of bytes to parse, default is until end of file.

       -i  Indents the output according to the "depth" of the structures.

       -oid filename
           A file containing additional OBJECT IDENTIFIERs (OIDs). The format
           of this file is described in the NOTES section below.

           Dump unknown data in hex format.

       -dlimit num
           Like -dump, but only the first num bytes are output.

       -strparse offset
           Parse the contents octets of the ASN.1 object starting at offset.
           This option can be used multiple times to "drill down" into a
           nested structure.

       -genstr string, -genconf file
           Generate encoded data based on string, file or both using
           ASN1_generate_nconf(3) format. If file only is present then the
           string is obtained from the default section using the name asn1.
           The encoded data is passed through the ASN1 parser and printed out
           as though it came from a file, the contents can thus be examined
           and written to a file using the -out option.

           If this option is used then -inform will be ignored. Without this
           option any data in a PEM format input file will be treated as being
           base64 encoded and processed whether it has the normal PEM BEGIN
           and END markers or not. This option will ignore any data prior to
           the start of the BEGIN marker, or after an END marker in a PEM

       -item name
           Attempt to decode and print the data as an ASN1_ITEM name. This can
           be used to print out the fields of any supported ASN.1 structure if
           the type is known.

       The output will typically contain lines like this:

         0:d=0  hl=4 l= 681 cons: SEQUENCE


         229:d=3  hl=3 l= 141 prim: BIT STRING
         373:d=2  hl=3 l= 162 cons: cont [ 3 ]
         376:d=3  hl=3 l= 159 cons: SEQUENCE
         379:d=4  hl=2 l=  29 cons: SEQUENCE
         381:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT            :X509v3 Subject Key Identifier
         386:d=5  hl=2 l=  22 prim: OCTET STRING
         410:d=4  hl=2 l= 112 cons: SEQUENCE
         412:d=5  hl=2 l=   3 prim: OBJECT            :X509v3 Authority Key Identifier
         417:d=5  hl=2 l= 105 prim: OCTET STRING
         524:d=4  hl=2 l=  12 cons: SEQUENCE


       This example is part of a self-signed certificate. Each line starts
       with the offset in decimal. "d=XX" specifies the current depth. The
       depth is increased within the scope of any SET or SEQUENCE. "hl=XX"
       gives the header length (tag and length octets) of the current type.
       "l=XX" gives the length of the contents octets.

       The -i option can be used to make the output more readable.

       Some knowledge of the ASN.1 structure is needed to interpret the

       In this example the BIT STRING at offset 229 is the certificate public
       key.  The contents octets of this will contain the public key
       information. This can be examined using the option "-strparse 229" to

           0:d=0  hl=3 l= 137 cons: SEQUENCE
           3:d=1  hl=3 l= 129 prim: INTEGER           :E5D21E1F5C8D208EA7A2166C7FAF9F6BDF2059669C60876DDB70840F1A5AAFA59699FE471F379F1DD6A487E7D5409AB6A88D4A9746E24B91D8CF55DB3521015460C8EDE44EE8A4189F7A7BE77D6CD3A9AF2696F486855CF58BF0EDF2B4068058C7A947F52548DDF7E15E96B385F86422BEA9064A3EE9E1158A56E4A6F47E5897
         135:d=1  hl=2 l=   3 prim: INTEGER           :010001


       If an OID is not part of OpenSSL's internal table it will be
       represented in numerical form (for example The file passed to
       the -oid option allows additional OIDs to be included. Each line
       consists of three columns, the first column is the OID in numerical
       format and should be followed by white space. The second column is the
       "short name" which is a single word followed by whitespace. The final
       column is the rest of the line and is the "long name". Example:

       "       shortName       A long name"

       For any OID with an associated short and long name, this command will
       display the long name.


       Parse a file:

        openssl asn1parse -in file.pem

       Parse a DER file:

        openssl asn1parse -inform DER -in file.der

       Generate a simple UTF8String:

        openssl asn1parse -genstr 'UTF8:Hello World'

       Generate and write out a UTF8String, don't print parsed output:

        openssl asn1parse -genstr 'UTF8:Hello World' -noout -out utf8.der

       Generate using a config file:

        openssl asn1parse -genconf asn1.cnf -noout -out asn1.der

       Example config file:



        field2=EXP:0, UTF8:some random string


       There should be options to change the format of output lines. The
       output of some ASN.1 types is not well handled (if at all).


       openssl(1), ASN1_generate_nconf(3)


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3.2.0                             2023-11-23          OPENSSL-ASN1PARSE(1ossl)

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