Convert ACSM files to DRM-free EPUB files using one command.

This software does not utilize Adobe Digital Editions nor Wine. It is completely free and open-source software written natively for Linux.

Setup and Installation

  1. Create a free Adobe account here if you do not already have one.
  2. Install the software.
  • For NixOS, include this flake in your system flake.nix. Then run knock ~/path/to/my-book.acsm to use.
inputs.knock.url = github:BentonEdmondson/knock
outputs = { self, knock }: { /* knock.defaultPackage.x86_64-linux is the package */ }
  • For non-NixOS, use the latest release. It is large because it includes all dependencies, allowing it to run on any system with an x86_64 Linux kernel. It was built using nix bundle. Use it by doing the following:

Download knock-version-x8664-linux and open a terminal

Navigate to the folder within which knock-version-x86_64-linux resides (e.g. cd ~/Downloads)

Run mv knock-version-x86_64-linux knock to rename it to knock

Run chmod +x knock to make it executable

Run ./knock ~/path/to/my-book.acsm to convert the ebook

If you receive an error that says something like ./nix/store/...: not found or ./nix/store/...: No such file or directory then you might not have user namespaces enabled. Try running the following to fix it:

echo "kernel.unprivileged_userns_clone=1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
sudo reboot

Enter in your Adobe email and password when prompted

Optionally move the executable to ~/bin (for your user) or /usr/local/bin/ (for all users) to allow it to run from anywhere (might not work on some distributions)

Verified Book Sources

Knock should work on any ACSM file, but it has been specifically verified to work on ACSM EPUB files from the following:

The resulting EPUB file can be read with any EPUB reader.


It's Perfectly Legal to Tell People How to Remove DRM (Gizmodo)

Do not use this software for piracy; this software is not intended for piracy. This software exists to allow readers to legally purchase and then legally and freely read ebooks. I suspect that the significant prevalence of ebook piracy is caused in large part by the restrictions put on legally purchased ebooks. This software exists to incentivize the legal purchase of ebooks by enabling their unrestricted and legal consumption.

The Name

The name comes from the D&D 5e spell for freeing locked items:


2nd level transmutation
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V
Duration: Instantaneous
Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Wizard
Choose an object that you can see within range. The object can be a door, a box, a chest, a set of manacles, a padlock, or another object that contains a mundane or magical means that prevents access. A target that is held shut by a mundane lock or that is stuck or barred becomes unlocked, unstuck, or unbarred. If the object has multiple locks, only one of them is unlocked. If you choose a target that is held shut with arcane lock, that spell is suppressed for 10 minutes, during which time the target can be opened and shut normally. When you cast the spell, a loud knock, audible from as far away as 300 feet, emanates from the target object.


  • libgourou-utils for using the ACSM file to download the corresponding encrypted EPUB file from Adobe's servers
  • inept-epub for decrypting the EPUB file

These are already included in all releases and in the Nix flake of course.


This software is licensed under GPLv3 because one of its dependencies is licensed under GPLv3.


GitHub - BentonEdmondson/knock: Convert ACSM files to DRM-free EPUB files with one command on Linux
Convert ACSM files to DRM-free EPUB files with one command on Linux - GitHub - BentonEdmondson/knock: Convert ACSM files to DRM-free EPUB files with one command on Linux