File profiling tool (DROID)

DROID stands for Digital Record Object Identification. It’s a free software tool developed by The National Archives that will help you to automatically profile a wide range of file formats. For example, it will tell you what versions you have, their age and size, and when they were last changed. It can also provide you with data to help you find duplicates.

Profiling your file formats helps you to manage your information more effectively. It helps you to identify risks (and therefore plan mitigating actions). It can also help you to save money, for example by supporting data reduction.

You can download our latest version of DROID for free. For previous versions go to http://droid.sourceforge.net/. For more information, see our PRONOM resource.

If you are interested in using DROID at your organisation, would like a live DROID demo, or are experiencing any problems using DROID, contact us at digitalcontinuity@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

Use DROID to manage digital continuity

Using DROID can help you to manage a specific information risk – the risk to digital continuity. DROID helps you to gather information you need to understand your information assets. This can help you to define your digital continuity requirements, assess where your information is at risk and plan mitigating action.

The information you get from DROID can also help you to reduce the amount of data you hold, enabling you to work more efficiently and cost-effectively.

To find out more about using DROID to profile your file formats and manage your continuity, download our factsheet below:

Using DROID to profile your file formats (PDF, 0.08Mb)

DROID demo online

See our online video which gives a brief demonstration on how to use DROID, including how to create profiles, add files, understand and filter your results and generate reports.

DROID guidance

The guidance below will help you to use the DROID file profiling tool to examine your information, and will enable you to:

  • understand the drivers for file profiling
  • understand how to run DROID
  • interpret your results, avoiding common pitfalls.

DROID: How to Use It and How To Interpret Your Results (PDF, 0.18Mb)