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decart is a library and a command-line tool for reading and (in the future) generating "Octocarts", CHIP-8 game cartridges for the Octo environment, written in Rust.

Use cases

  • Decoding: You can extract the program source code and runtime settings from an Octocart file. The source code can be assembled into CHIP-8 bytecode with Octo or [decasm]. The runtime settings can be given to a CHIP-8 interpreter like Octo or [deca], or saved as JSON for the CHIP-8 Archive, or (in the future) as an .octo.rc file for C-Octo or termin-8, etc.
  • Encoding: TODO


Octo cartridge files, or Octocarts, are GIF89a images with a payload steganographically embedded in one or more animation frames. Data is stored in the least significant bits of colors, 1 from the red/blue channels and 2 from the green channel, allowing us to pack a hidden byte into every 2 successive pixels.

The payload consists of a 32-bit length, followed by a sequence of ASCII bytes consisting of the JSON-encoded options dictionary and source text.

An Octo cartridge contains the source code of an Octo program, and a set of configuration options (parsed by octopt for the CHIP-8 interpreter telling it how to run the program.

See also

  • To compile/assemble the Octo source code in the Octocart, check out the decasm crate.
  • To interpret an assembled program, check out the deca crate (backend) or a program like termin-8 (frontend and graphics).


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