DOS MZ executable: Lua parsing library

DOS MZ file format is a traditional format for executables in MS-DOS environment. Many modern formats (i.e. Windows PE) still maintain compatibility stub with this format.

As opposed to .com file format (which basically sports one 64K code segment of raw CPU instructions), DOS MZ .exe file format allowed more flexible memory management, loading of larger programs and added support for relocations.

File extension

["exe", "ovl"]

KS implementation details

License: CC0-1.0


This page hosts a formal specification of DOS MZ executable using Kaitai Struct. This specification can be automatically translated into a variety of programming languages to get a parsing library.

Lua source code to parse DOS MZ executable