MagTool is software for magnetic stripe readers & writers. The tools that ship with most magnetic stripe readers, writers, and encoders are generally Windows-only and pretty crufty. MagTool provides a simple, intuitive interface to MSR206-compatible devices. The software features read, write, duplicate, and erase support for MSR206-compatible readers and writers (including MSRW MSR606, MSR505C, MSR106, MSR406, MSR210, MSR210U, and others).

This software is no longer being updated. The source code is now available on GitHub! The successor to this program is now available as MagStriper!

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • Serial or USB interface on the device

Known issues

  • Erase operation locks up GUI until operation is complete
  • Read operation does yet recognize non-ISO formats, despite what the UI says
  • Raw formats are not working yet
  • No documentation


  • Want something newer and better? Check out MagStriper!
  • MagTool 0.1.0 (August 10, 2009)
  • Drivers are required to expose the serial interface. USB drivers for some devices are available directly from Profilic


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