.trx file format is widely used for distribution of firmware updates for Broadcom devices. The most well-known are ASUS routers.
Fundamentally, it includes a footer which acts as a safeguard against installing a firmware package on a wrong hardware model or version, and a header which list numerous partitions packaged inside a single .trx file.
trx files not necessarily contain all these headers.
This page hosts a formal specification of Broadcom devices .trx firmware packaging using Kaitai Struct. This specification can be automatically translated into a variety of programming languages to get a parsing library.
meta: id: broadcom_trx title: Broadcom devices .trx firmware packaging file-extension: trx license: GPL-2.0-or-later ks-version: 0.9 bit-endian: le encoding: utf-8 endian: le -license: | Copyright (C) 2004 Manuel Novoa III <email@example.com> This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA doc: | .trx file format is widely used for distribution of firmware updates for Broadcom devices. The most well-known are ASUS routers. Fundamentally, it includes a footer which acts as a safeguard against installing a firmware package on a wrong hardware model or version, and a header which list numerous partitions packaged inside a single .trx file. trx files not necessarily contain all these headers. doc-ref: - https://github.com/openwrt/openwrt/blob/3f5619f/tools/firmware-utils/src/trx.c - https://web.archive.org/web/20190127154419/https://openwrt.org/docs/techref/header - https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mtd/partitions/brcm,trx.txt instances: header: pos: 0 type: header tail: pos: _io.size - sizeof<tail> type: tail types: revision: seq: - id: major type: u1 - id: minor type: u1 version: seq: - id: major type: u1 - id: minor type: u1 - id: patch type: u1 - id: tweak type: u1 tail: doc: "A safeguard against installation of firmware to an incompatible device" seq: - id: version type: version doc: "126.96.36.199 by default" - id: product_id type: strz size: 12 - id: comp_hw type: hw_comp_info repeat: expr repeat-expr: 4 doc: "0.02 - 2.99" - id: reserved size: 32 types: hw_comp_info: seq: - id: min type: revision - id: max type: revision header: seq: - id: magic contents: "HDR0" - id: len type: u4 doc: Length of file including header - id: crc32 type: u4 doc: "CRC from `version` (??? todo: see the original and disambiguate) to end of file" - id: version type: u2 - id: flags type: flags - id: partitions type: partition(_index) doc: "Offsets of partitions from start of header" repeat: until repeat-until: _index >= 4 or not _.is_present types: partition: params: - id: idx type: u1 seq: - id: ofs_body type: u4 instances: is_present: value: ofs_body != 0 is_last: value: "(idx == _parent.partitions.size - 1) or (not _parent.partitions[idx + 1].is_present)" if: is_present len_body: value: "is_last ? (_root._io.size - ofs_body) : _parent.partitions[idx + 1].ofs_body" if: is_present body: io: _root._io pos: ofs_body size: len_body if: is_present flags: seq: - id: flags type: b1 repeat: expr repeat-expr: 16