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Welcome to DART

DART is the Digital Archivist's Resource Tool. It provides both a GUI and a command-line interface for packaging files and uploading them to remote repositories.


Updated March 14, 2023

Download the DART installer for your system. The current version is 2.0.22 (released March 14, 2023).




Double-click the installer after download and follow the prompts on screen.

For DART Runner, see DART Runner Downloads

After installation, check out the Getting Started page

Supported Operations

The current release of DART 2.0.22 supports the following features:

  • Creating BagIt bags that conform to defined BagIt profiles
  • Validating BagIt bags according to defined BagIt profiles
  • Uploading bags and other files to remote S3 and SFTP endpoints
  • Creating and modifying BagIt profiles through a visual point-and-click editor
  • Defining repeatable Workflows for bagging and uploading files
  • Running multiple simultaneous bagging and upload jobs
  • Read-only integration with the APTrust's REST API to display the status of ingested materials and pending work items
  • A command-line tool to enable scriptable bagging and upload operations
  • BagIt Profile import and export
  • BagIt Profile customization throug a visual editor
  • Settings import and export
  • Workflow export

To start using DART, see our Getting Started page.


We recently released DART Runner to run workflows on servers that have no graphical environment. For more info, see DART Runner.

Plugin Architecture

Most of DART's features are implemented in plugins, which enable developers to add new features without having to understand all of DART's internals. DART is an open source project of the Academic Preservation Trust, which encourages developers to contribute new plugins to extend the tool's functionality.

DART 2.0 supports the following types of plugins:

  1. Format Readers - These allow DART to read files packaged in various formats, such as tar, zip, rar, parchive, OCFL, etc. Currently supported in formats in version 2.0:

    1. directory/file system
    2. tar
  2. Format Writers - These allow DART to write files in various formats, such as tar, zip, rar, parchive, OCFL, etc. Currently supported in formats in version 2.0:

    1. directory/file system
    2. tar
  3. Network Clients - These allow DART to send and retrieve files across a network. DART 2.0 supports the following protocols:

    1. S3
    2. SFTP
  4. Repository Clients - These allow DART to interact with remote repositories. Currently supported:

    1. APTrust

Writing DART plugins requires a working knowledge of JavaScript and HTML. If you're interested in developing DART plugins, see our Developers page and our full API documentation.

Getting Started with DART

Developing DART Plugins

DART API documentation

DART source code on GitHub

Video: Jobs and Workflows

Video: BagIt Profiles in DART

Video: Settings Import and Export


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