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Autodesk Wiretap

Autodesk® Wiretap™ is a is a cross-platform client-server access protocol that allows the client system to remotely browse, read, and write media and metadata from Autodesk Inferno®, Autodesk Flame®, Autodesk Flint®, Autodesk Fire®, Autodesk Smoke®, or Autodesk Conform® advanced systems applications. The Wiretap SDK provides a client-side programming interface for remote access to media and metadata.

The client API is packaged as a software developer kit (SDK), allowing developers to write stand-alone applications that communicate with remote Wiretap servers in a facility. Use it to develop client applications, in C++ or Python™, with full access to the functionality of the Wiretap server. The SDK supports Windows®, Mac® and Linux® platforms. While Fire is no longer available as of the recent release, Wiretap maintains backwards compatibility with earlier Autodesk applications.

Wiretap SDK

The Wiretap SDK can be used to write a Wiretap client which is a program that uses the Wiretap Client API to communicate with a Wiretap server. A Wiretap client can be a desktop or web application, a plug-in for another application, a Python module, or even a batch file. Typically, a particular Wiretap client communicates with a particular Wiretap server implementation, for example: the IFFFS Wiretap server or Backburner Wiretap server.

  • Command line tools
    Command line tools are recommended for everyone because they allow you to see the API in action immediately. The tools directory in the Wiretap Client SDK contains a number of executable programs that you can run from the command line. They are useful for becoming familiar with what the API can do.
  • C++ Classes & libraries
    Experienced C++ developers can use these classes to program their own Wiretap clients. The Wiretap Client SDK comes with .h/.lib files which will allow you to write client application on various OS including Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.
  • Python Scripting
    Python modules are the basis for writing scripts that can be run immediately without compilation. Support for the popular, easy-to-use Python scripting language allows production facilities to better integrate Autodesk Wiretap into your production pipeline.

Working with the SDK

Try the Wiretap SDK for internal use
Register and read the Autodesk Wiretap license agreement to download. You will also find the Wiretap SDK and Python - including numerous code samples.

SDK developer Guide

Find here the Wiretap SDK developer guide.

SDK Developer Guide (pdf - 4416Kb)

Discussion Group and Support
Autodesk Public Discussion Groups provide open forums for sharing knowledge through peer to peer interaction. Join the Wiretap Discussion Group.

Join Autodesk Developer Network Media & Entertainment Partner Program
Membership in the Autodesk Developer Network Sparks® partner program gives you access to the Wiretap SDK developer knowledge base—including answers to frequently asked development questions as well as direct professional SDK technical support from the Autodesk global team. For more details see

Customers with a subscription license for the products listed above do not need to enroll in the ADN to get API programming support.