THE X-Ways Forensics Practitioner’s Guide is complete!


There will be an XWF/2E Book Launch happening in a few days. today (4/24/22)!

The book will be $20 off ($49.99 instead of $69.99) and includes free shipping in the USA (outside the USA is available, but not free).

(1) The book launch will be for ONLY 100 hours

(2) There is only a limited number of books for the book launch.

When the books are gone or when the 100 hours are up, the book launch will be closed.

If you want to be notified via email when the book launch begins, add your email to the notification list here:   I WANT IN ON THE 100-HOUR BOOK LAUNCH!

Some more detail:

This book took some serious time and effort!  But it was so worth it.  There are over 400 pages in the second edition, which is about 150 pages more compared with the first edition.

The XWF dialog windows are more fully detailed visually as are the checkboxes and tri-state checkboxes. There are a dozen contributors who gave their war stories or workflow processes in how they use XWF.  You are getting the perspective of many from one book. The combined experience with XWF is probably more than a century given the contributors experience.

The first edition of the X-Ways Forensics Practitioner’s Guide was good.  Good enough to win forensic book of the year. But now, that book is outdated. It has been many years since the first edition, and XWF has had many hundreds of updates to render the first edition useless for any practical sense.

This second edition of the Practitioner’s Guide focuses on XWF v20.5 and should be a great resource for the next years in exploiting X-Ways Forensics to your maximum ability. I tend to believe that the chance that I can fully push XWF to its maximum ability is low since my personal limits are less than what XWF can do. It is good to have that gap as a goal to increase personal skills rather than have a software application that limits your abilities.

XWF/2E Book Launch

For the XWF/2E book launch, I will have some XWF-related downloads available, but only for those who make it into the book launch. After the book launch is over (either 100 hours or when the limited number of books are sold), XWF/2E will be available for purchase everywhere you usually find books.


I’ll cover USA shipping. For international shipping, there will be a charge, but you will be able to have the book shipped to you.

After the book launch, free shipping will be over.

$20 discounted special

At over 400 pages and quite a bit of information, this book will be listed at $69.99. But for those who really want to get into the book faster, the XWF/2E book launch gets you $20.00 off the retail price.

This is not a pre-order

I will never do a pre-order again. Ever. I jumped the gun on that previous pre-order, resulting in refunding everyone rather than hold onto money for the book. I apologize again to those who ordered and were refunded…my intention was to ship out those books as a bonus of being first.

From now, no orders until the book is in my hand. Or in the store. That was too much stress.

Electronic versions

For the foreseeable future, there will be no electronic version available. If/when this happens, it will be most likely a Kindle ebook in 2023. Until then, an ebook might be made available in the practitioner’s guide online course. If this happens, then all updates to the book will most likely be free to these students from the course.

Future “versions” of the X-Ways Forensics Practitioner’s Guide

Speaking of updates to the the guide…the first edition was published by Syngress, but this second edition is self-published. This may not mean much, but here is the biggest point that affects XWF users: I can update this book whenever I see fit (as in, when XWF is substantially updated, I can update this book on-the-fly).  With books printed by a publisher, updates might not ever happen due to the way the publishing industry operates.  With self-publishing, I can update a page or entire chapters, upload a new version of the book, and note it as such.

So you will most likely see in the future:

X-Ways Forensics Practitioner’s Guide, Second Edition, Revision 1

X-Ways Forensics Practitioner’s Guide, Second Edition, Revision 2

X-Ways Forensics Practitioner’s Guide, Third Edition


This was only made possible by taking back ownership of this book from the publisher, which was not an easy or simple task. Nor was it quick. It took YEARS. But now, here we are and I’ll update the book as needed, including revisions and corrections on the fly.

Bonus Material

For the XWF Practitioner’s Guide Book Launch buyers, you will have a bonus offer that is not available to anyone else. Plus some XWF-related downloads that you will be given access to some XWF-related downloads.

To make sure you have a chance at the book launch, submit your email for a reminder here:   I WANT IN ON THE 100-HOUR BOOK LAUNCH!

Author: Brett Shavers

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