There are 5 other file types using
the HEX file extension!

hex file icon.hex - Macintosh BinHex encoded file archive (ASCII)

hex file icon.hex - Magellan GPS Receiver flash ROM upgrade file

hex file icon.hex - Intel Hexadecimal Object file

hex file icon.hex - Pioneer CDJ-800MK2 firmware update file

hex file icon.hex - WOW! firmware module

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HEX file extension - Hex dump file format

What is hex file? How to open hex files?

The hex file extension is also used for files that contain a hex dump, hexadecimal view (on screen or a printout) of computer memory. Each byte (8-bits) is represented as a two-digit hexadecimal number.

Hex dumps are commonly organized into rows of 8 or 16 bytes, sometimes separated by whitespaces. Some hex dumps have the hexadecimal memory address at the beginning and checksum byte at the end of each line.

The default software associated to hex file type:

NotePad++ text editor icon

Notepad++ Team logo NotePad++ text editor  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Notepad++ Team

Notepad++ is very popular free text and source code editor. It supports syntax highlighting and syntax folding for C, C++, HTML, ASP, Java, Pascal, PHP, Cobol, CSS etc. Notepad++ also supports plugins to add new features. It is localized to many languages.

Help how to open HEX files:

Use any text editor to view content of HEX files.

How to convert file with extension HEX:

As far as we know, this .hex file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .hex file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open hex file, edit hex file, convert hex file, view hex file, play hex file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

  • Open hex file

Software that open hex file - Hex dump file format

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open hex file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with hex file by default:
NotePad++ text editor small icon NotePad++ text editor
Other suggested software:
Microsoft Windows NotePad small icon Microsoft Windows NotePad
Sublime Text small icon Sublime Text
Atom small icon Atom

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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