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Automotive File Explorer

Your central project file manager









The Automotive File Explorer (AFE) is a universal system that can read, edit, write, convert and display easily understandable common file formats of the automotive industry.

AFE is like a swiss army knife among development tools. It is small, pragmatic, flexible and affordable. It is a tool for every development team, requires no expertise and presents machine-generated content in a human-readable way.

With the Automotive File Explorer it is possible to use and merge old and new file formats.
This eliminates compatibility problems.

AFE is an application of the Automotive File Database. It processes all common file formats of the automotive industry.
The implementation of further formats is already planned, but we also respond to customer-specific requests via our ServiceDesk.

Our tools CanEasy & Automation & Testing Suite also use the Automotive File Database as a generic library and central service.



XML Automotive Data Exchange (XADE)

XADE is our
• self developed,
• XML-based,
• open
exchange format.

It removes the dependency on all kinds of formats and transports bundled data into our customers' tools.

The Automotive File Explorer is applicable in the following areas of development:

With AFE it is possible to view ARXML files in detail and also merge several ones. The user has an overview of all tags, references and linked nodes.

More specialised features:

  • ECU extraction (to single file)
  • DBC, LDF extraction
  • Extraction of network configuration
  • Extensive search functions


AFE allows users to display and edit network configurations. These data can be extracted from

  • Networks (LIN/ CAN/ Ethernet)
  • Nodes/ ECUs
  • PDUs/ Messages/ Frames
  • Signals
  • Value tables
  • Attributes

of ARXML, DBC or LDF files.

AFE uses the Automotive File Database library and provides user interfaces to explore vehicle files. Therefore it is possible to extract:

  • ECUs
  • Function classes
  • Diagnostic services
  • Message parameters
  • Multiplexer
  • Value tables
  • Diagnostic fault codes
  • Negative response codes
  • Documentation
  • Flash containers
  • Diagnostic libraries

Your benefits


One tool for multiple use cases


High flexibility


Does not require specialised expertise


Suitable for entire development teams


Future-oriented development


Adaptation to customer-specific data formats


Export of DBC & LDF from ARXML files