Smart Card Shell

The Smart Card Shell 3 is an interactive development and scripting tool that allows easy access to smart cards on an APDU level as well as on a file system level. It can be used to develop and test smart card applications, in particular applications integrated into a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

It is a Java application using the OpenCard Framework supporting most smart cards compliant with ISO7816-4. The Smart Card Shell uses JavaScript as command and script language provided by the Mozilla Rhino Engine. It has support for classes defined in the Global Platform Scripting specification and defines additional classes to support ASN.1/TLV encoding, X509 certificates, OCSP, LDAP and SOAP. The scripting engine supports E4X for simple XML processing.

See the list of supported cards and applications, if your card or application is already supported. Take a look at the screenshots to get an idea of what the software looks like.


Global Platform Scripting Classes

OpenSCDP Scripting Classes

Smart Card Shell GUI Classes

Additional tools classes are documented as JSDoc

The online documentation is for latest beta version of the Smart Card Shell. The latest stable version may not yet contain all functions described here.


You can always find the latest version of the Smart Card Shell on our website.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 as published by the Free Software Foundation.

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., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

If you would like to include this software or parts of it in your own software and do not publish your code under the GPL, then you will need a commercial license from us (Dual-license).

We also provide support, integration and development services for OpenSCDP, as well as consulting services for your smart card project. Please contact for details.

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