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.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

IconHxD

IconHeaventools FlexHex

IconHex Workshop 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

IconUUDeview

macOS

IconSmith Micro StuffIt Deluxe Mac

IconMac Binary Converter

IconUUDeview

Unix

IconUUDeview

Updated 2007
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference
https://pc.net/extensions/file/hex
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