.hex

File Type 1 Generic IconHexadecimal Source File
File Format Standard
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

Contains settings, configuration information, or other data saved in a hexadecimal format; may be stored in either a binary or text format.

Important: Binary hex files can only be opened with hex-editing programs. Text-based hex files can be opened and edited with a text editor.

Open With
Windows

IconHeaventools FlexHex

IconHex Workshop Hex Editor

IconCygnus Hex Editor

macOS

IconHexEdit

IconHexEditor

Updated February 20, 2008
File Type 2 Generic IconBinHex Encoded File
File Format Standard (developed by BinHex)
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

File encoded with an early version of BinHex (binary-to-hexadecimal) encoding software; used for converting files to a text format that could be sent via e-mail without being corrupted; typically takes up more space than the original file.

The BinHex program is only available for the Mac. Newer versions of the program save BinHex files with a .HQX extension rather than ".hex."

Open With
Windows

IconSmith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows

IconUUDeview

macOS

IconSmith Micro StuffIt Deluxe Mac

IconMac Binary Converter

IconUUDeview

Unix

IconUUDeview

Updated 2007
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