archmage − CHM(Compiled HTML) Decompressor.

archmage chmfiledirectory
archmage −p port chmfile

This manual page documents briefly the archmage command.
This manual page was written for the Debian distribution
because the original program does not have a manual page.

     arCHMage is an extensible reader and decompiler for
files in the CHM format. This is the format used by
Microsoft HTML Help, and is also known as Compiled HTML.
arCHMage is based on python‐chm binding to chmlib from
GnoCHM project.

     There is three ways to use arCHMage package now:

     1) Extract .chm to directory (directory will be

     archmage <chmfile> <directory>

     2) Run as http‐server, which will publish chm file
contents on specified port:

     archmage −p <port> <chmfile>

     3) Tune your apache to publish chm file contents if
there is trailing slash in request to that file (you will
need working mod_python for that):

     Add that lines to your httpd.conf:

        AddHandler python‐program .chm
        PythonHandler archmod.mod_chm

     Restart apache.

     Let’s suppose, you have file sample.chm in DocumentRoot
of your apache. After that tuning you can receive raw chm
file, if you point your browser to


     or you can view chm file on the fly if you point your
browser to

     http://yourserver/sample.chm/ (note trailing slash)


     arCHMage Home Page:

     arCHMage was written by Eugeny Korekin <>

     This manual page was written by Basil Shubin
<>, for the Debian GNU/Linux
system (but may be used by others).