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 - Hex dump file format

hex file icon.hex - Magellan GPS Receiver flash ROM upgrade 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 - Intel Hexadecimal Object file

What is hex file? How to open hex files?

File type specification:

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The HEX file extension is associated with Intel Hexadecimal Object File Format. The hexadecimal format is suitable as input to PROM programmers or hardware emulators. Hexadecimal object file format is a way of representing an absolute binary object file in ASCII. Because the file is in ASCII instead of binary, it is possible to store the file is non-binary medium such as paper-tape, punch cards, etc.; and the file can also be displayed on CRT terminals, line printers, etc.. The 8-bit hexadecimal object file format allows for the placement of code and data within the 16-bit linear address space of the Intel 8-bit processors. The 16-bit hexadecimal format allows for the 20-bit segmented address space of the Intel 16-bit processors. And the 32-bit format allows for the 32-bit linear address space of the Intel 32-bit processors. The hexadecimal representation of binary is coded in ASCII alphanumeric characters. For example, the 8-bit binary value 0011-1111 is 3F in hexadecimal. To code this in ASCII, one 8-bit byte containing the ASCII code for the character '3' (0011-0011 or 033H) and one 8-bit byte containing the ASCII code for the character 'F' (0100-0110 or 046H) are required. For each byte value, the high-order hexadecimal digit is always the first digit of the pair of hexadecimal digits. This representation (ASCII hexadecimal) requires twice as ma ny bytes as the binary representation.

A hexadecimal object file is blocked into records, each of which contains the record type, length, memory load address and checksum in addition to the data. There are currently six (6) different types of records that are defined, not all combinations of these records are meaningful, however.

Help how to open HEX files:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

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.

Related links:

Intel website

Intel HEX on Wikipedia

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).

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Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with hex file - Intel Hexadecimal Object file

Click on the software link for more information about µVision4. µVision4 uses hex file type for its internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file actions (eg. to install/execute/support an application itself, to store application or user data, configure program etc.).

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