Friday, July 20, 2018

APFS template for 010 Editor

For quite some time, I've been analyzing APFS mostly with custom python code, which is not very efficient and rather time consuming and is not visual. Since most people doing any kind of serious hex editing use the 010 Editor (as do I), this was long overdue.

I've created an 010 template, which is basically a port from the apfs.ksy project. This has taken quite a bit of time and I hope you find it useful. Not all structures are known, there are some parts that may be incorrect. This is a work in progress as more details about APFS emerge..


The template will not parse out the file system tree yet. With APFS this is challenging to do within 010's template capabilities as you cannot create local objects or classes and/or store temporary objects. The template does however define most of the structures and will follow most pointers (to other disk blocks and parse them) automatically when you start expanding the structures in the template viewer.

To use the template, simply load your APFS image (unencrypted only) into 010. Then edit the template to set the Apfs_Offset variable to the byte offset of wherever your APFS partition starts. Now run the template. The APFS start offset can be located easily by running the GPT template (which you can find on 010's website or in the program's template repository). The GPT template will give you the sector offset, multiply it by sector size (usually 512 or sometimes 4096) to get the byte offset (location) of the APFS partition.